Ray Davies honoured by the Queen

Ray Davies has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours List.

The Kinks lynchpin, 72, previously accepted a CBE from the Queen in 2004. Speaking about his latest recognition, he said: “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 has inspired me to write.”

Also being honoured are Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel, for services to music, and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, for services to the fashion industry.

Nearly 2,000 people have been included in the New Year Honours list. Among those to be recognised last year were Goldie, Damon Albarn and Idris Elba.

Alexander Gold

Dedicated polymath Alex was born at a very young age and started his magical journey working in music marketing for former Radio 1 DJ Gary Davies, before being head-hunted by Development Hell – publishers of The Word and Mixmag, kicking off a glorious tenure in the world of music journalism he still enjoys to this day. Forging a musical career in parallel, he has performed all over the world on too many instruments to mention, with acts as diverse as original ’77 punk legends The Boys (Joey Ramone’s favourite band) to The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra. He’s also dabbled in the heady world of film, playing Clash drummer Topper Headon opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Joe Strummer in 2016’s London Town. A career highlight thus far has been a big old hug from Rod Stewart. Ahhhh.

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