Ray Davies re­mem­bers Bowie

Q (UK) - - Ray Davies -

“I knew David at the very be­gin­ning and then bumped into him along the way,” says Davies of Bowie who cov­ered The Kinks’ Where Have All The Good Times Gone on 1973’ s Pin Ups. Thirty years later Davies joined Bowie on­stage for a 2003 Ti­bet ben­e­fit con­cert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. “We played Water­loo Sun­set. We took a verse each, and a bridge, but we said, ‘How shall we do this?’ Af­ter a long dis­cus­sion we de­cided we’d im­per­son­ate one an­other. I also had this mad idea of do­ing a mu­si­cal about Dirk Bog­a­rde, with David as Dirk, but we never got round to it. I think he’d have been great.” The pair went on to be­come “quite good email friends” while, prior to his death, Bowie wrote the sleevenotes to the 2014 com­pi­la­tion The Es­sen­tial Kinks. “I al­ways feel David could have col­lab­o­rated more,” mourns Davies. “You lis­ten to ‘He­roes’, he had such a great feel for mu­sic. And a mis­chievous chap. [ Smiles] He re­ally was.”

They could be he­roes: Davies with David Bowie, New York, 2003.

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