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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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  • FilipeMatos4004 Top 10 Underrated Rock Bands

    27 Jul 10:13pm Reply
  • chantywrastler

    Отличная группа. [2]

    24 Jul 9:07am Reply
  • VasilySavush

    В 60-е создали кучу шедевров, а вот в 70-е надо было уже заканчивать, уйти вовремя тоже уметь надо

    1 Jul 10:14pm Reply
  • Moonlight__Dawn

    Happy Birthday to Ray Davies!!!

    22 Jun 5:30am Reply
  • StokesAA

    Happy Birthday rock 'n' roll Kink - Ray Davies :)

    21 Jun 6:23pm Reply
  • Moonlight__Dawn

    The Kinks have rocked since the 60s. Their 70s and 80s music is awesome too. The Kinks style changes over time. Even in the 60s they had different styles of music. Give this group a listen - it will take you all day long to go though all those wonderful songs. You will not believe just how many great songs they have had over the years until you listen to them again or for the first time. This is one MEGA band that started out in the 60s and continued to make great music from that time. Most ALL of The Kinks' music is worth listening to.

    24 May 5:30am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Important sixties rock band. I really dig Waterloo Sunset, Village Green and You Really Got Me (of course, their most famous song).

    22 May 1:23am Reply
  • Vomite_me

    Better than Beatles

    11 May 7:54pm Reply
  • uncle_sethy

    super sonic rocketship :)

    4 May 4:17am Reply
  • splitandrelease

    Too bad most people have only heard there early mod-era stuff.

    3 May 6:06pm Reply
  • StokesAA

    party line is awesome [2]

    22 Apr 8:49pm Reply

    party line is awesome

    21 Apr 2:41am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    12 Apr 10:09pm Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Cool Music

    12 Apr 6:37am Reply
  • podgethebastard

    love the kinks. classic

    14 Mar 9:12pm Reply
  • sandrabjorg

    Just Great

    20 Feb 1:00pm Reply
  • ladidavid

    very awesome great super songwriting

    2 Feb 9:20pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    ray, dr. jim again . . . employment opurtinities are slim . . . how about the oldest member of the Vienna boys choir . . . you might have to wait for you atrophy dick to fall off respectully, DR. JMS (rehabilitation co-ordinator) PS RSVP when your dick falls off

    31 Jan 8:51pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    ray, dr. jim here . . . veneral disease aint nothin to clap about . . . my prognosis . . . your dicks gonna fall off DR. JMS (non-MD)

    31 Jan 8:38pm Reply
  • tsmiths

    melhor banda do mundo

    17 Jan 5:44pm Reply
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