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Muswell Hill, North London (1963 – 1996)

The Kinks (1963–1996) were an English pop-rock group that came out of the British R&B scene of the early 1960s. Formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray Davies and Dave Davies in 1964 and categorised in the United States as a “British Invasion” band, the Kinks are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. In 1990, their first year of eligibility, the original four members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Later, in November 2005, they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Among numerous other honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music” in 2006.

Formed in 1963 in Muswell Hill, North London, they first gained prominence on the heels of the well-received and highly influential single “You Really Got Me” (1964). The group originally consisted of lead singer/guitarist Ray Davies, his brother lead guitarist Dave Davies, drummer Mick Avory, and bassist Peter Quaife. Quaife left (twice) in the late 1960s, and Avory finally left in 1984 as the result of a long-running dispute with Dave Davies, leaving only the Davies brothers as the core of the original group.

With Ray Davies’ songwriting skills and unashamedly English voices, Dave Davies’ impressive guitar work, and Avory’s tight and steady drumming, the band became one of the best and most influential groups of British pop and the “” of the U.S.A., lasting longer than any of their competitors, apart from The Rolling Stones, as they broke up in 1996. Their catalogue of songs has been covered by Van Halen, The Pretenders, The Black Keys, The Stranglers, Queens of the Stone Age , and many more.


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    party line is awesome [2]

    22 Apr 8:49pm Reply

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  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

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    Cool Music

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  • podgethebastard

    love the kinks. classic

    14 Mar 9:12pm Reply
  • sandrabjorg

    Just Great

    20 Feb 1:00pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Amazing band.... many different styles of music but it all sounds like "The Kinks". <3

    10 Feb 10:50am Reply
  • ladidavid

    very awesome great super songwriting

    2 Feb 9:20pm Reply
  • SSBN623

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    31 Jan 8:51pm Reply
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    31 Jan 8:38pm Reply
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    17 Jan 5:44pm Reply
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  • brutus_1889

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [1323784378936239749440]

    17 Jan 1:50pm Reply
  • zennom

    good songs!!

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • StokesAA

    Father Christmas !!! :D

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • PFdark

    love their albums ,especially the 'The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society',beautiful.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MrShayton


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  • jakobdorof

    anthology is awesome

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • genegir

    @Ginzir Парень, не передергивай. Спроси какого-нибудь тинэйджера из Америки кто поет "You Really Got Me" и получишь такой же ответ, что и в России. Без гугла с ответом мало кто справится, что там, что здесь.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
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    24 Nov 2014 Reply
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