Pete Quaife, the original bassist for the legendary UK outfit The Kinks, passed away yesterday at the age of 66. The exact cause of death is unknown, but he had been undergoing kidney dialysis for over a decade, reports Rolling Stone.
Alongside brothers Ray and Dave Davies, Quaife was a founding member of The Kinks and would prove instrumental in the band’s early success during the 1960s. He would go on to release six albums with the band, including three of its most commercially received — 1964’s Kinks, 1965’s Kinda Kinks, and 1965’s The Kink Kontroversy.
In 1966, Quaife broke his leg in a car accident and briefly left the band. While he was convinced to rejoin after just three months, the bassist would quit for good just three years later, in 1969, citing a lack of creative input. “I would have been squished with a size 16 boot I had even suggested they listen to an idea from me,” he said in a 2005 interview (via RS). “I felt like a session man most of the time. Ray wanted complete control of everything. He was a control freak.”
After forming a short-lived country band, Quaife all but retired from music, ultimately choosing to relocate to Canada and become a graphic artist. His last onstage appearance was at The Kinks induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.