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The Kinks
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Past Group Members Ray Davies
Dave Davies
Mick Avory
Pete Quaife
John Dalton
John Gosling
Andy Pyle
Gordon John Edwards
Jim Rodford
Ian Gibbons
Bob Henrit
Mark Haley
Music Genre (Text) Rock
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Origin Muswell Hill, London, England
Year(s) Active 1964–1996
Record Label Pye
Official Websites thekinks.info
Associated Acts Nicky Hopkins
the Mike Cotton Sound
the Creation
the Kast Off Kinks
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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the era. The band emerged 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. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style. Albums such as Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.

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1967 Swinging London Singers
1951 The Red Skelton Hour Guest Vocalists
Late Night Drama -
1989 Booker -
1969 Where Was Spring? -
2016 Office Christmas Party -
2016 Hunters -
2016 Match of the Day: Euro 2016 -
2015 Minions -
2015 The Last Man on Earth -
2015 Aquarius -


1,233 Songs »
1 You Really Got Me
2 All Day & All Of The Night 1965
3 All Day and All of the Night 2003
4 Sunny Afternoon 1966
5 Lola 1970
6 A Well Respected Man 1965
7 A Well Respected Man 2007
8 Waterloo Sunset 1998
9 Tired Of Waiting For You 1965
10 Victoria 1980
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

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