Pete Quaife, founding bassist for the ’60s British Invasion quartet the Kinks, died June 23 of kidney failure in Herlev, Denmark. He was 66.
Born in the Muswell Hill area of London, Quaife grew up with brothers Ray and Dave Davies, and was a member of their teen band. Ray Davies became principal songwriter, while Dave Davies was lead guitarist; originally a guitarist, Quaife took up bass chores on the basis of a coin toss.
Signed to England’s Pye Records in 1963, the group, now known as the Kinks, made their mark on both sides of the Atlantic with cacophonous 1964 singles like “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night.” Quaife played on nearly all of the band’s chart hits for the remainder of the decade.
He remained on board as the Kinks recorded the increasingly ambitious albums “Face to Face” (1967), “Something Else by the Kinks” (1968) and “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society” (1968). However, Quaife wearied of recording and touring with the combative Davies brothers, and he quit the band in 1969, with John Dalton replacing him.
“Pete, Ray and me were the original band,” Dave Davies said in a statement. “We might never have done any of this without him.”
Quaife played briefly with the band Maple Oak before leaving music and relocating to Canada, where he worked as a graphic artist. He suffered from kidney disease and published a book called “The Lighter Side of Dialysis.”
In 1990 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Kinks.
Survivors include his fiance, Elisabeth Bilbo, and a daughter.