Bass, Backing vocals
Pete Quaife and school friend Dave Davies formed The Kinks in 1962 and subsequently asked Ray Davies to join.The band was originally called the Ravens and performed rhythm and blues at local venues such as the Hornsey Recreation Club at Crouch End Secondary School. The 'Kinks' name came about only upon the signing of a recording contract in late 1963.
Pete was commonly the voice of the band in early press interviews. He was temporarily replaced in the Kinks in mid 1966 by John Dalton, after a serious car crash left him unable to perform. He resigned from the band shortly thereafter, but reconsidered and returned in November 1966.
For the next two years Pete played on albums such as Something Else By The Kinks and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, and helped rehearse some songs on the album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). Pete left The Kinks permanently in April 1969. He was again replaced on bass, this time permanently, by John Dalton.
In 1969, Pete formed a collaborative Canadian/UK hybrid band, Maple Oak, with ex-Just Us bassist Stan Endersby, Mick Cook and Martin Fisher. They embarked on a tour of Denmark during May 1969 but after the tour Cook left and Fisher brought in fellow Canadian and former bandmate MacBain (ex-Flying Circus/Olivus/Bobby Kris & The Imperials) as a replacement. Pete departed shortly after the release of their single Son of A Gun in early 1970.
Pete joined the Kast Off Kinks on stage at the Dutch Kinks fan club meeting at the Stairway To Heaven, Utrecht, in 2004, to play Louie Louie (see the video page)
Sadly, Pete died in June 2010.