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R.I.P. Pete Quaife

On Thursday morning we were saddened to learn that Pete, the original bass player for The Kinks, passed away last Wednesday.  (We read about his passing on a Kinks forum we follow, and here’s his obit in today’s NY Times.)

While we never met Pete, we loved the music he made with The Kinks… and I bet if you were a kid / teenager / young adult in the mid-late 60’s, you loved his music, too. Which music would that be, you ask?

Well, how about You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, Sunny Afternoon? And if you’re a real Kinks Fan, you might even know Waterloo Sunset… often considered an equal to the best of Lennon and McCartney’s work – and there’s Pete, putting down the bass line. (He was very cool in  Sunny Afternoon… dum dum dum dum, dum dum dum dum, dum dum dum dum… plonking down to Ray’s opening vocals of… “The taxman’s taking all my dough…”:)

So, from one houseful of dedicated Kinks fans, thanks for the great music, memories and key segment of the sound track of our lives, Pete!