24 Facts About The Kinks


The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

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The Kinks have had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart.

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Four The Kinks albums have been certified gold by the RIAA and the band have sold 50 million records worldwide.

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In 1990, the original four members of the Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005.

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The Kinks then formed his own group, Rod Stewart and the Moonrakers, who became a local rival to the Ray Davies Quartet.

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The Kinks pursued interests in subjects such as film, sketching, theatre, and music, including jazz and blues.

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Davies has referred to a show the fledgling The Kinks played at Hornsey Town Hall on Valentine's Day 1963 as their first important gig.

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The Kinks played on the band's next two studio albums as well, and was involved on a number of their live BBC recordings before joining the Jeff Beck Group in 1968.

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The Kinks' next single was a social commentary piece entitled "Dead End Street".

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Village Green eventually morphed into their next album, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, released in late 1968 in the UK.

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The Kinks subsequently collapsed after a drug overdose and was taken to hospital.

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Preservation Act 2 was the first album recorded at Konk Studio; from this point forward, virtually every The Kinks studio recording was produced by Ray Davies at Konk.

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Edwards was fired from The Kinks for failing to show up to recordings sessions, and the band recorded 1979's Low Budget as a quartet, with Ray Davies handling keyboard duties.

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The Kinks produced another, less successful, solo album in 1981, Glamour.

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The Kinks followed Think Visual in 1987 with another live album, The Road, which was a mediocre commercial and critical performer.

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In 1989, the Kinks released UK Jive, a commercial failure, making only a momentary entry into the album charts at number 122.

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The Kinks reverted to a four-piece band for the recording of their first Columbia album, Phobia, in 1993.

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The Kinks gave their last public performance in mid-1996, and the group assembled for what would turn out to be their last time together at a party for Dave's 50th birthday.

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The Kinks made their first tour of Australia and New Zealand in January 1965 as part of a "package" bill that included Manfred Mann and the Honeycombs.

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The Kinks were less commercially successful with these conceptual works, and were dropped by RCA which had signed them in 1971.

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The Kinks are regarded as one of the most influential rock acts of the 1960s and early 1970s.

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Craig Nicholls, singer and guitarist of The Vines, described the Kinks as "great songwriters, so underrated".

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In 2015, it was reported that Julien Temple would direct a biopic of The Kinks titled You Really Got Me, but as of 2021 nothing had come of the project.

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The Kinks were active for over three decades between 1964 and 1996, releasing 24 studio and 4 live albums.

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