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Pete Quaife

Pete Quaife

(1943 – 2010)

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Pete Quaife

Pete Quaife
(1943 – 2010)

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Pete Quaife

(1943 – 2010)
About Pete
This is a tribute to Pete Quaife who was an English musician, artist and author. He was a founding member and the original bass guitarist for The Kinks, from 1962 until 1969.
He was born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife in Tavistock, Devon, and after a brief period studying Commercial art, Pete Quaife formed The Kinks in 1962 along with school friend Dave Davies and subsequently asked Dave's brother Ray Davies to join. The band was originally called the (Golden) Ravens and performed rhythm and blues at local venues such as the Hornsey Recreation Club at Crouch End Secondary School. The 'Kinks' name came about only upon the signing of a recording contract in late 1963.
The Kinks became a top chart act throughout
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the world beginning with their third single, 1964's "You Really Got Me". Pete Quaife was commonly the voice of the band in early press interviews. He was temporarily replaced in the Kinks in mid 1966 by John Dalton, after a serious car crash left him unable to perform. He resigned from the band shortly thereafter, but reconsidered and returned in November 1966.
For the next two years Pete Quaife played on albums such as Something Else By The Kinks and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, and helped rehearse some songs on the album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). Pete Quaife left The Kinks permanently in April 1969. He was again replaced on bass, this time permanently,
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by Dalton.
After leaving The Kinks, Pete Quaife founded a new band, the country/rock outfit, Mapleoak. The group's name derived from the heritage of its members: The 'Maple' represented the two Canadian members of the group (singer-songwriters Stan Endersby (born 17 July 1947, in Lachine, Quebec, Canada) and Marty Fisher (born 24 December 1945, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), while the 'Oak' represented British members Pete Quaife and drummer Mick Cook.
Pete Quaife had contacts in Denmark, so the group gigged heavily there and in the UK during most of 1969 and early 1970. Cook left the band in June 1969, and was replaced by another Canadian: Gordon MacBain (born 5 August 1947, in Toronto, Ontario,
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Canada), who would write most of the group's original material.
Mapleoak released their first single, "Son of a Gun", in April 1970 but it failed to chart. Pete Quaife then left both the band and the music industry. He subsequently moved to Denmark, and did not appear on Mapleoak's only album, which was released in 1971.
Pete Quaife passed away on 24 June 2010. This is an online memorial dedicated to his memory.
Remembrance Messages
On 4th Aug 2010
Stella Valadez
wrote:
"Sitting by the Riverside" there is where Pete rests....He will be missed dearly. I want to thank my brother for introducing me to the Kinks music..I enjoyed it growing up and still enjoy it to this day...their music will live within me forever! My deepest sympathies to all his family and everyone that knew him personally...RIP forever.
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On 27th Jul 2010
rob long
wrote:
From those first chords of "You Really Got Me" I became a lifelong Kinks fan. Pete`s expressive bass lines were the backbone of the band and when he left the band was forever changed. I had always hopes for a Kinks reunion but that sadly will now never occur. Pete is at peace now but he will be missed here on earth. I feel lucky that I was able to experience the music of Ray and the Kinks and Pete was a major part of that experience. My deepest sympathies to
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rob long
message continued:
his family and friends and may he rest in peace forever.
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Pete Quaife

This is a tribute to Pete Quaife who was an English musician, artist and author. He was a founding member and the original bass guitarist for The Kinks, from 1962 until 1969.
He was born Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife in Tavistock, Devon, and after a brief period studying Commercial art, Pete Quaife formed The Kinks in 1962 along with school friend Dave Davies and subsequently asked Dave's brother Ray Davies to join. The band was originally called the (Golden) Ravens and performed rhythm and blues at local venues such as the Hornsey Recreation Club at Crouch End Secondary School. The 'Kinks' name came about only upon the signing of a recording contract in late 1963.
The Kinks became a top chart act throughout...

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