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Kinks singer Ray Davies wounded
Ray Davies
Davies was given a CBE in the New Year's Honours list
The Kinks singer Ray Davies is recovering after being shot in the thigh while on holiday in New Orleans.

The singer-songwriter, 59, was wounded on Sunday after trying to run after two men who allegedly stole his female companion's purse at gunpoint.

He was admitted to the Medical Center of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious.

A New Orleans police spokesman said one person had been arrested, and police were still searching for the second.

Davies was walking in New Orleans' French Quarter at 2030 local time on Sunday (0230 Monday GMT) when two men approached, police said.

He is in good spirits
Deke Arlon, Davies's manager
"He was walking east of the French Quarter with a female friend," said New Orleans police spokesman Captain Marlon Defillo.

"Two men walked up. They apparently took the female friend's purse. He chased them.

"One of those persons turned and shot him in the leg and we have arrested one person," Mr Defillo said.

Davies' manager Deke Arlon said: "He's in hospital but it is not really serious. He should be up and about in a day or so.

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

Police said muggings were uncommon in the French Quarter, and that officers had been patrolling the streets at the time.

Premier league

Davies's wounding comes just days after he was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list.

The Kinks have long been regarded as one of the UK's best-loved bands.

They emerged early in the decade to stake their claim among the premier league of British beat bands, second only among some music fans to The Beatles and Rolling Stones.

Ray Davies, on stage 1995
Davies' music personified Swinging London

Davies' wistful tales of love and longing, set to raucous rock riffs and melodic pop tunes, won the band a legion of young fans and established him as one of the most important songwriters of his generation.

The poetic vision of later songs such as Waterloo Sunset, Days and Autumn Almanac offered a snapshot of contemporary life - and a specifically English worldview.

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