Pete Quaife, founding member of The Kinks, has died at age 66. Quaife only played with The Kinks for 6 years out of their 30+ year career, but those 6 years included some of their biggest hits (“You Really Got Me,” “All Day And All Of The Night,” “Tired of Waiting”) as well as some of their most critically acclaimed albums such as ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’. Quaife left The Kinks in 1969, tired of constant infighting within the group, as well as Ray Davies’ incessant need for control. In a 2005 interview, Quaife said “I felt like a session man most of the time. Ray wanted complete control of everything.”
After The Kinks, Pete Quaife formed a short-lived country-rock group called Mapleoak before leaving the music industry completely and relocating to Denmark. In the 1980s he moved to Belleville, Ontario and had a successful career as a graphic artist. In 1981, he made his only post-1960s appearance with The Kinks during the encore of a Toronto show. He was also present when The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and jammed with other inductees onstage. John Entwistle of The Who once said of Pete, “I’d say one of my favourite bass players was Pete Quaife because he literally drove the Kinks along”.
In 1998, Quaife was diagnosed with renal failure. While undergoing dialysis treatment, he drew a series of cartoons about the experience, which were later published in book form as ‘The Lighter Side of Dialysis’. Following his divorce in 2005, he moved back to Denmark. He died on June 24, 2010 in Herlev, Denmark.