Original Kinks bassist Peter Quaife died yesterday at age 66. The cause of death is yet to be determined but he had suffered from kidney disease for more than a decade. He was a member of the band from its founding in 1961 until 1969 when he quit due to tensions within the group. He played on and sang backing vocals for most of the bands early hits, including “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” and “Dedicated Follower of Fashion.” He last played with the Kinks when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He had been largely retired from music since the ’70s, making a living as a graphic artist in Canada and becoming a cartoonist.
Whether you’re a Kinks fan or not, it’s impossible to ignore their influence on pop music. Genres including garage, punk and Brit-pop incorporated their ideas, sounds and even fashion. Bands like Blur would never have existed without them. Arguably, they’re behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in terms of most important British Invasion bands. Take a minute to honor the passing of one of the founding members with one of their classic songs, embedded below.