The Kinks frontman and founder Ray Davies is now Sir Ray Davies. Sir Ray has been knighted in the Queen’s New Years honours.
In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Ray the CBE.
The 72-year old rock star received his knighthood for his services to the arts. “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed. But after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who’s inspired me to write,” Sir Ray said in a statement.
Ray Davies formed The Kinks with his brother Dave in 1963. Together with The Who, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, they became one of the most influential UK rock bands of all-time.
The first hit for The Kinks was their third single ‘You Really Got Me’. A cover of the song would also later become the first hit for Van Halen.
The Kinks would have over a dozen global hits during their time. ‘All Day And All of the Night’, ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’, ‘Til The End of the Day’, ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Death of a Clown’, ‘Lola’, ‘Apeman’, ‘Come Dancing’ and ‘Superman’ would fill radio playlists for the next two decades.
Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel has also been knighted.
Spice Girls’ Victoria Beckman has been awarded the OBE for her services to fashion. Her husband David Beckham received the OBE 13 years ago.