The Kray twins are perhaps the most notorious and rambunctious pair of gangsters to grace the East End. Their exploits are the subject of legend, so much so that a Krays tour has been established which highlights some of most infamous locations associated with the twins.
Due to their infamy the twins have also been mentioned by a number of bands over the years, including Morrissey and The Libertines. However, perhaps the most notable song attributed to the pair is “London Song” written by The Kinks.
In fact, according to singer Ray Davies, the band was even approached by The Krays who were interested in managing the band during their hey-day in the 60s.
“Our managers at the time were stockbroker types,” said Davies in an interview with NME “They had a visit from someone in the Kray twins’ organisation saying they were interested in managing us. They also asked if Mick Avory (The Kinks’ drummer) would be available for a date. It wouldn’t have been beneath our managers to strike a deal. The mind boggles.”
Further to this, Davies claims that he was contacted by Reggie Kray in 1998 who was serving a prison sentence for the brutal murder of Jack “The Hat” McVitie in 1967. Apparently, Reggie phoned him from prison just to say how much he liked “London Song”. Reggie died just 2 years later after being released from prison on compassionate grounds, as he was dying from inoperable cancer.
This is just one of many stories which make the Krays such characters, and they continue to be immortalised in film, literature and Krays tours for years to come.