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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 Davis’ songwriting skills and unashamedly English voices, Dave Davis’ 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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  • T0M90

    Oh Kinks I love you

    18 Oct 4:13am Reply
  • metalmanmadness

    All About Music

    15 Oct 1:32pm Reply
  • CharlesMaster42

    The Kinks is my favourite 60s band. After Beatles, of course.

    4 Oct 4:34pm Reply
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    10 Sep 5:45pm Reply
  • rtms1988

    I am completely crazy for "Lola". I love many of their songs, but I don't know... "Lola" gives me chills and I feel so good.

    26 Aug 9:16pm Reply
  • roldki

    My favourite band by far. There's something about them that I can never tire of.

    25 Aug 5:22pm Reply
  • Gauchowater

    I am kinkaddicted.

    24 Aug 3:02pm Reply
  • wkwkwkwkwk

    We are not two, we are one (y)

    6 Aug 12:27pm Reply
  • julimaa

    Strangers on this road we are on <3

    4 Aug 1:20am Reply
  • Argarath

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [1323784378936239749439]

    30 Jul 4:26pm Reply
  • Ginzir

    Команда истинного британского рока,даже слушая их невольно как-то Лондон на ум приходит,настолько команда пропитана Туманным Альбионом. Достойные поэты и дедушки панка,но вот в рашке они как-то мимо прошли видимо. Почему прошли? Вопрос наверное риторический. 10/10 группе.

    27 Jul 7:33am Reply
  • DamPoc

    that's good, but The Beatles are much better I think.

    29 Jun 12:36pm Reply
  • izzy_zee

    The more I hear of this band the harder I fall for them, ahhhhh.

    26 Jun 8:13am Reply
  • bad18

    Happy Birthday, mr. Ray!!!

    22 Jun 4:19pm Reply
  • Danny_Ocean11

    Happy Birthday, The Great Man Ray Davies!

    21 Jun 6:09pm Reply
  • b1es

    Happy Birthday Ray!

    21 Jun 4:41am Reply
  • Amrabart

    super kinky band

    13 Jun 2:01pm Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    You Really Got Me Now ♥

    7 Jun 1:20am Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    All Kinks songs should be higher in the charts

    5 Jun 12:41pm Reply
  • FillTheGaps

    Shangri-La should be higher in the charts. The song really inspires me to never conform to be hostage of a middle class consumerist stupid little life

    26 May 10:08pm Reply
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