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The Kinks' Ray Davies Says Thanksgiving Is "a Really Special Holiday"

Image courtesy of Ian Brodie/Decca Label Group (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Ian Brodie/Decca Label Group (via ABC News Radio)

Kinks frontman Ray Davies may hail from the United Kingdom but he says he's grown very fond of the very American tradition of Thanksgiving.  The singer/songwriter, who paid homage to the holiday in his 2006 song "Thanksgiving Day," says that he really appreciates the sentiment behind the celebration.

The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that he's enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner numerous times in the U.S., including in Boston; New Jersey; Long Island, New York; and New Orleans, and admits that even when he's back home in England he has "a soft spot" for the holiday.

"It's a really special holiday, because…like [I say] in the song, it's people coming back home," he explains.  "It's a homecoming reunion.  It's not Santa Claus.  It's not Easter religion.  It's primarily about family, and I have a tremendous feeling toward Thanksgiving."

The subject of Thanksgiving is just one of the many topics Davies discusses in his new memoir Americana , in which he details his bittersweet relationship with the U.S.

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