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Kevin Ayers (16 August 1944, Herne Bay, Kent - 18 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter and was a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. BBC DJ John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it."

Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the late 1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene. He recorded a series of albums as a solo artist and over the years worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall, among others. After living for many years in Deià, Majorca, he returned to the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s before moving to the south of France. His last album was Unfairground, which was recorded in New York City, Tucson, Arizona, and London in 2006.


Title Label Date of Release
The Soft Machine ABC/Probe Dec 1968
Joy of a Toy Harvest Nov 1969
Shooting at the Moon Harvest Oct 1970
Whatevershebringswesing Harvest Nov 1971
Bananamour Harvest May 1973
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories Island May 1974
June 1, 1974 (with Nico, John Cale and Brian Eno) Island Jun 1974
Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy (with Lady June and Brian Eno) Caroline/Virgin Nov 1974
Sweet Deceiver Island Mar 1975
Yes We Have No Mañanas (So Get Your Mañanas Today) Harvest Jun 1976
Rainbow Takeaway Harvest Apr 1978
That's What You Get Babe Harvest Feb 1980
Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain Charly Jun 1983
Deià...Vu Blau Mar 1984
As Close As You Think Illuminated Jun 1986
Falling Up Virgin Feb 1988
Still Life with Guitar FNAC Jan 1992
The Unfairground LO-MAX Sep 2007

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