Pete Quaife, the original bassist of the Kinks, has died, according to bandmate Ray Davies. Quaife was 66.
The cause of death was not released, but Quaife had been suffering from kidney problems for several years.
"I am overwhelmed with emotion- I literally can’t speak- we might never have done any of this without him," said Kinks guitarist Dave Davies in a statement on his website, davedavies.com. "The Kinks were never really the Kinks without you."
Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife – as he was listed on the back cover of the band’s 1968 masterpiece, "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society" – was the bassist during the band’s British Invasion height, playing on such hits as "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Tired of Waiting for You," "A Well-Respected Man" and "Sunny Afternoon." In John Mendelssohn’s 1985 biography of the band, "The Kinks Kronikles," producer Shel Talmy called him the most musical of the four-man group.