Ray Davies Isn't Fond Of Being Called An 'English Artist'

Ray Davies, guitarist for the Kinks, said that the band's label as the "quintessentially English" group is meaningless. Speaking with Ham & High, Davies opined that the label stuck because of his distinct vocal stylings.

"I feel people call me that when they have nothing to say," he said. "I think it's because I've always sung in an English accent. Not mentioning any names, but there are a lot of big artists who sing in this kind of transatlantic drawl."

Despite chaffing at the label, he noted that he has in the past refused to Americanize his singing voice.

"Back when the Kinks were recording 'Come Dancing,' which was a big hit in the States, the record company actually asked me to sing it in more of an American accent," he said. "I just refused."

Davies' next gig is at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 12.

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