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Ray Davies Headed for the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Ray Davies of the Kinks is being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Kinks front man Ray Davies announced on stage at Hay Festival in his native UK that he had gotten word that he was going to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He told the audience that it was a big deal to him because that meant that “America has finally accepted the Kinks”.

In the 60′s The Kinks were banned in America because the American Federation of Musicians actually refused to give the band performance licenses. There was never any reason for the ban, but eventually the ban was lifted in 1969.

Ray Davies believes that they were banned from playing because Americans were scared of them and their music until all the other Brit bands like Beatles and Rolling Stones made it big and changed the sound of rock and roll.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 45th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place in New York tonight..

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