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When The Kinks front-man Ray Davies turned 13, his oldest sister Rene, who was 31 at the time, bought him his very first guitar as a birthday gift. That same night, while visiting from her home in Canada, she went dancing at the Lyceum Ballroom in London. Due to a weak heart from childhood rheumatic fever, Rene suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the ballroom. Twenty-five years later, Davies wrote “Come Dancing” filled with memories of his sister and her love of dancing. The song, recorded for their STATE OF CONFUSION (1983) album, reached #6 on Billboard and became one of the band’s highest charting singles.

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