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Kinks star shot in New Orleans

Davies received a CBE in New Year honors list for services to music.
Davies received a CBE in New Year honors list for services to music.

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Ray Davies
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New Orleans (Louisiana)

(CNN) -- Ray Davies, the lead singer with the British rock band The Kinks, is recovering after being shot in New Orleans.

A police spokesman said Davies and a female companion were walking near the French Quarter at about 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday when two suspects approached them and grabbed the woman's purse.

Davies, 59, ran after the suspects, and was shot in the leg, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Capt. Marlon DeFillo said. The woman was not injured, police said.

The songwriter was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released soon afterwards in good condition.

DeFillo said police had arrested one of the suspects and were seeking the other.

Davies' manager Deke Arlon confirmed the Londoner had been shot in the leg. "He was in New Orleans and was leaving a restaurant with his girlfriend last night," he told the UK's Press Association.

"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.

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

Davies founded the Kinks, which was one of the most influential bands of the 1960s, with his brother Dave in London in 1963. Their hits include "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," and "Lola."

He continues to perform four decades on and his songs went on to become hits for acts like The Jam, Van Halen and The Pretenders.

Davies became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire last week in Britain's New Year honors list for services to music.

-- CNN Producer Mark Marino contributed to this story.


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