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Ray Davies Knighted

Kinks co-founder is working on a musical


More than 50 years after singing about "A Well Respected Man," Ray Davies has the job title to prove it: Sir.

The 72-year-old Kinks frontman has been knighted by Prince Charles for his service to the arts.

"I don't think of myself as a musician, strangely enough," he said after today's ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. "If I had a card, it would say 'Sir Raymond Davies, Creative Person.'"

With that in mind, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer revealed he's working on a musical about siblings. "I can't tell you too much about that," Davies said, though he admitted the story was "partially" inspired by his often contentious relationship with his brother Dave. The two co-founded the Kinks in 1963, but their never-ending battles eventually led to the demise of the band in 1996.

Tellingly, Dave Davies did not attend the knighthood ceremony. "I felt his presence today," Sir Ray said. "It was great."

It would've been even greater if British royalty also opened its arms to Lady Lola.

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