Kinks Singer Davies Shot in New Orleans

01/05/2004 01:00PM

Ray Davies, lead singer of the classic British rock band The Kinks, is recovering from a gunshot wound in the thigh after attempting to stop a robbery in New Orleans, CNN reports.

Davies, 59, and a female companion were walking near the French Quarter Sunday night when they were approached by two suspects, one of whom grabbed the companion's purse, says New Orleans Police Department spokesman Capt. Marlon DeFillo. As Davies tried to chase after the suspect, he was shot in the leg.

The woman, who has not been identified, was not injured, said police.

Davies (a Londoner who was awarded a Commander of the British Empire last week in Britain's New Year honors list for services to music) was taken to a local hospital, treated and then released in good condition.

DeFillo said one of the suspects had been arrested, while police continue to search for the other.

Davies' manager, Deke Arlon, confirmed the incident for Britian's Press Association. "He was in New Orleans and was leaving a restaurant with his girlfriend last night," said Arlon. "They were attacked by two muggers who stole a handbag. He chased after them and he was shot in the leg. It is not really serious. He should be up and about in a day or so."

Arlon added: "The message that came back to me was that he is in good spirits."

Davies, who continues to perform with his brother, Dave, founded the Kinks in 1963 and became one of the most influential British bands of the era. Among their hits: "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," and "Lola."

Davies also was once briefly married to Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde.

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