Vintage ’65 Kinks, with the late Pete Quaife

The late founding Kinks bassist Pete Quaife was almost the group’s lead guitarist — according to Dave Davies’ autobiography, Quaife lost a coin toss and was relegated to the rhythm section. The English quartet sometimes performed under Quaife’s name in their early days.

Before Quaife quit the band in frustration in 1969 — following a tumultuous ’68 session for the ballad “Days” that was climaxed by the bassist’s walkout — he contributed to a series of unforgettable Kinks singles, some ferocious, some lyrical. Here’s one of the former variety, “All Day and All of the Night,” captured live in an early-1965 guest shot on the ABC series “Shindig!” There’s a nice close-up of Quaife about :34 into the action. Host Jimmy O’Neill does the exclamatory intro.

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