Original Kinks Bassist Dies

Pete Quaife, who was the original bassist for one of the most legendary of all Brit rock bands, The Kinks, has died. He was 66.

Although a cause of death has not been determined, Quaife had been undergoing kidney dialysis for more than a decade, according to the BBC.

Quaife played on The Kinks early hits, including “You Really Got Me,” and “All Day And All Of the Night,” ultimately sticking with the band for five years before departing in 1969. He later said he was unhappy with the constant bickering going on between brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

However, the BBC notes he was proud of his work with the band, especially the album Village Green Preservation Society, telling Jukebox magazine it was the highpoint of his Kinks career.

“For me it represents the only real album made by The Kinks… in which we all contributed something,” Quaife told the magazine.