Kinks Bassist Pete Quaife: 1943-2010

June 28, 2010  |  12:09pm

Pete Quaife, the original bassist of iconic British invasion rock group The Kinks, died of kidney failure last week in Herlev, Denmark. He was 66.

London native Quaife began playing music with his high-school classmates, Ray and Dave Davies, in 1961, and played on such Kinks hits as “All Day and All of the Night” and “You Really Got Me.”

Quaife was often called the band’s “ambassador” and frequently served as a moderator when the brothers Davies would argue. Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies played a tribute to his recently-departed bandmate this past weekend at Glastonbury, including a few cuts from Quaife’s favorite Kinks album (and the last one he recorded before leaving the band in 1969), The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society.

Watch Pete and the band tearing it up in their glory days below:

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