Kinks bassist Paul Quaife dies

Musician had been undergoing kidney dialysis for years

Pete Quaife, the original bass player for the Kinks, died Thursday at an undisclosed location. He was 66. Quaife had been undergoing kidney dialysis for more than a decade.

Quaife was a co-founder of the group with guitarist-vocalist-songwriter Ray Davies and stayed with the British Invasion band until 1969. He played on such classics as "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion."

"I am overwhelmed with emotion -- I literally can't speak -- we might never have done any of this without him," Kinks guitarist Dave Davies said in a statement on his website. "The Kinks were never really the Kinks without you."

Quaife proudly recalled his work on the band's landmark "Village Green Preservation Society" album, released in 1968.

"Making that album was the high point of my career," he told Jukebox magazine in 2006. "For me, it represents the only real album made by the Kinks ... in which we all contributed something."

After tiring of the infighting between the Davies brothers, he left the Kinks and was replaced by John Dalton, who had filled in for him when he broke his leg in a car accident.

Several months later, Quaife formed a country-rock band called Maple Oak. He also had a career as a graphic artist in Canada.

The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and Quaife played with them at the showcase concert.
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