Kinks Co-founder and Former Bassist Pete Quaife Dies at 66

Kinks Co-founder and Former Bassist Pete Quaife Dies at 66
After undergoing kidney dialysis for a decade, the Kinks' former bassist and group co-founder Pete Quaife died yesterday (June 24) at the age of 66.

Though the exact cause of death is yet unknown, Quaife was reportedly in Denmark when he passed away.

Quaife was born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife in Tavistock, Devon, in the UK, and formed the Golden Ravens at the age of 19 with school friend Dave Davies. The band changed their name to the Kinks when they were signed in 1963 by Pyre Records.

Quaife quit the Kinks in 1969 after he grew tired of the constant in-fighting between band members/brothers Ray and Dave Davies. His bass-playing can be heard on all of the band's hits previous to '69, including "You Really Got Me," "All of the Night" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and on the Kinks' critically acclaimed opus Village Green Preservation Society.

"For me it represents the only real album made by the Kinks ... in which we all contributed something," Quaife told Jukebox Magazine in 2006 of Village Green, but he has admitted to never having felt happy as a member of the band.

"I felt like a session man most the time," he claimed in a 2005 interview with Rolling Stone. "[Ray] was a control freak."

After the Kinks, Quaife founded the ill-fated group Mapleoak, which featured two (and, later, three) Canadian members, then left them two years later, before they recorded their first and only LP.

In 1980, Quaife moved to Belleville, ON, and lived as a graphic artist until moving to Denmark in 2005.

He was diagnosed with renal failure in 1998.