The Kinks

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  1. Ray Davies

    Ray Davies


  2. The Kinks

    The Kinks


    The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. The band emerged in 1964 during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the US until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of hit singles; studio albums drew good reviews but sold less than compilations of their singles. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style. Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround and Muswell Hillbillies, along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.

  3. Dave Davies

    Dave Davies


    David Russell Gordon "Dave" Davies (born 3 February 1947) is an English musician, a multi-instrumentalist best known for his role as lead guitarist and vocalist for the English rock band the Kinks, which also featured his brother Ray Davies.

  4. Bob Henrit

    Bob Henrit


    Robert John "Bob" Henrit (born 2 May 1944, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England) is an English drummer who has been a member of several musical groups, including Buster Meikle & The Daybreakers, Unit 4 + 2, The Roulettes, Argent and The Kinks.

  5. Argent



    Argent were an English rock band founded in 1969 by keyboardist Rod Argent, formerly of The Zombies. They were best known for their 1972 song "Hold Your Head Up".

  6. David Watts

    David Watts (1967)


    "David Watts" is a song written by Ray Davies that originally appeared on the Kinks's 1967 album Something Else by the Kinks. It was also the American and Continental Europe B-side to Autumn Almanac. It has been included on several compilation albums, including The Kink Kronikles (1972).

  7. Sunny Afternoon

    Sunny Afternoon (1994)


    "Sunny Afternoon" is a song by The Kinks, written by chief songwriter Ray Davies. Like its contemporary "Taxman" by The Beatles, the song references the high levels of progressive tax taken by the British Labour government of Harold Wilson. The track later featured on the Face to Face album as well as being the title track for their 1967 compilation album. Its strong Music Hall flavour and lyrical focus was part of a stylistic departure for the band (begun with 1965's "A Well Respected Man"), who had risen to fame in 1964-65 with a series of hard-driving, power-chord rock hits.

  8. Mick Avory

    Mick Avory


  9. Lola

    Lola (1970)


    "Lola" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by English rock band the Kinks on their album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. The song details a romantic encounter between a young man and a possible transgender woman, whom he meets in a club in Soho, London. In the song, the narrator describes his confusion towards a person named Lola who "walked like a woman and talked like a man". Although Ray Davies claims that the incident was inspired by a true encounter experienced by the band's manager, alternate explanations for the song have been spread by fans and drummer Mick Avory.

  10. Pete Quaife

    Pete Quaife


    Peter Alexander Greenlaw "Pete" Quaife (31 December 1943 – 23 June 2010) was an English musician, artist and author. He was a founding member and the original bass guitarist for The Kinks, from 1963 until 1969. He also sang backing vocals on some of their records.

  11. A Well Respected Man

    A Well Respected Man (1965)


    "A Well Respected Man" is a song by the British band The Kinks, written by the group's lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ray Davies, and originally released in the United Kingdom on the EP Kwyet Kinks in September 1965 (see 1965 in music), but the song was released as on the album Kinkdom in the United States. The song was also released as a single in the US and Continental Europe.

  12. You Really Got Me

    You Really Got Me (1964)


    "You Really Got Me" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by English rock band the Kinks. The song, originally performed in a more blues-orientated style, was inspired by artists such as Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy. Two versions of the song were recorded, with the second performance being used for the final single. Ace studio musician and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page played rhythm guitar for the album recording of the song.

  13. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

    Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (1966)


    "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" is a 1966 single by British band The Kinks. It lampoons the contemporary British fashion scene and mod culture in general. Originally released as a single, it has been included on many of the band's later albums.

  14. Jim Rodford

    Jim Rodford


    James Walter "Jim" Rodford (born 7 July 1941) is an English musician who played with The Kinks, The Swinging Blue Jeans and was a founding member of Argent. Rodford played in The Animals II for two years, leaving to join the reformation of The Zombies in 2001; he also works with a group of former Kinks members, in The Kast Off Kinks.

  15. John Gosling

    John Gosling


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  16. Days

    Days (1968)


    "Days" is a song by The Kinks, written by lead singer Ray Davies, released as a single in 1968. It also appeared on an early version of the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (released only in continental Europe and New Zealand), and now appears as a bonus track of the remastered CD. On the original Pye 7N 17573 label, the name of the song is "Day's".

  17. Don't Forget To Dance

    Don't Forget To Dance (1983)


    "Don't Forget to Dance" is a 1983 song performed by British rock group The Kinks, released as a single in that year and included on their album State of Confusion.

  18. Phobia

    Phobia (1993)


    Phobia, released in 1993, was the twenty-fourth and final studio album by English rock group The Kinks before they disbanded three years later. This is the only studio album credited to The Kinks which does not feature former drummer Mick Avory in any capacity; though he left the band in 1984, he still played on individual songs on both Think Visual and UK Jive.

  19. Andy Pyle

    Andy Pyle


    Andy Pyle (born c. 1946, Luton, England) is an English bass guitarist. He played with The Kinks from 1976–1978. Prior to that, he was in Blodwyn Pig (1968–1972) and Savoy Brown (1972–1974). Later, he played with Wishbone Ash (1986–87, 1991–93).

  20. Face to Face

    Face to Face (1998)


    Face to Face is the fourth studio album by English rock band The Kinks, released on 28 October 1966 through Pye Records. With this album, the band moved away from the hard-driving beat music style of 1964/65, which had catapulted them to international stardom. It was the first Kinks album consisting entirely of Ray Davies compositions. On the cover, Party Line is credited R.Davies - D.Davies.

  21. Kinks

    Kinks (2013)


    Kinks is the self-titled debut album by English rock band The Kinks, released in 1964. It was released with three tracks omitted as You Really Got Me in the US.

  22. Waterloo Sunset

    Waterloo Sunset (1967)


    "Waterloo Sunset" is a song by British rock band The Kinks. It was released as a single in 1967, and featured on their album Something Else by The Kinks. Composed and produced by Kinks frontman Ray Davies, "Waterloo Sunset" is one of the band's best known and most acclaimed songs in most territories. It is also their first single that is available in true stereo.

  23. Destroyer

    Destroyer (1981)


    "Destroyer" is a song by British rock band The Kinks, written by Ray Davies. It was released as a track on the group's nineteenth album, Give the People What They Want, in August 1981, and was the album's lead single in the US. It was not released as a single in the UK.

  24. Celluloid Heroes

    Celluloid Heroes (1972)


    "Celluloid Heroes" is a song performed by The Kinks and written by their lead vocalist and principal songwriter, Ray Davies. It debuted on their 1972 album Everybody's in Show-Biz.

  25. John Dalton (musician)

    John Dalton (musician)


    John Dalton (born 21 May 1943, Enfield, Middlesex) is a British bass guitar player, best known as a member of The Kinks from 1969 to 1976, replacing original member Pete Quaife.

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