The Kinks

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The Kinks

Original line-up in 1965
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, pop
Years active 1964-1996
Past members
  • vocals, guitar, keyboard Ray Davies (until 1996, founding member)
  • vocals, guitar Dave Davies (until 1996, founding member)
  • bass Jim Rodford (1978-1996)
  • keyboard Ian Gibbons (1979-1988, 1993-1996)
  • drums Bob Henrit (1984-1996)
  • bass Peter Quaife † (until 1969, founding member)
  • drums Mick Avory (until 1984, founding member)

The Kinks were an English rock band. They first became popular in the 1960s. The band had a lot of hits during the 1960s and 70s.The band was formed in 1964 by the brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

The Kinks are one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era.[1] Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a lot of commercially and critically successful singles and LPs. The group reached a reputation for songs and concept albums which show English culture and lifestyle. Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround and Muswell Hillbillies, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.[1] The Kinks had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40. In the UK, the group had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums.[1][2]

In 1990 the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005.[3]

Bandmembers[change | change source]

Ray Davies
Active: Feb 1964–1996
Instruments: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, keyboards
Release contributions: all Kinks releases
Ray Davies was a member of the original band formed in 1964.
Dave Davies
Active: Feb 1964–1996
Instruments: lead guitar, vocals
Release contributions: all Kinks releases
Dave Davies was a member of the original band formed in 1964.
Mick Avory
Active: Feb 1964–1984
Instruments: drums and percussion
Release contributions: all Kinks releases from Kinks (1964) to Word of Mouth (1984)
Mick Avory was a member of the original band formed in 1964.
Pete Quaife
Active: Feb 1964–June 1966, Nov 1966–Mar 1969
Instruments: bass guitar, backup vocals
Release contributions: from Kinks (1964) to The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
Pete Quaife was a member of the original band formed in 1964.
John Dalton
Active: June–Nov 1966, Apr 1969–1976, 1978
Instruments: bass guitar, vocals
Release contributions: all releases from Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) to Misfits
Dalton briefly covered for Quaife in 1966 only to replace him full-time in 1969 after the latter quit.
John Gosling
Active: 1970–1978
Instruments: keyboards, vocals
Release contributions: all releases from Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (1970) to Misfits (1978)
The band expanded into a five piece in 1970.
Andy Pyle
Active: 1976–1978
Instruments: bass guitar, vocals
Release contributions: Sleepwalker (1977) and Misfits (1978)
Andy Pyle replaced John Dalton after the latter quit the band in 1976, only in turn to be replaced by Dalton.
Gordon John Edwards
Active: 1978
Instruments: keyboards, vocals
Release contributions: none
Gordon John Edwards briefly toured with the band during 1978.
Jim Rodford
Active: 1978–1996
Instruments: bass guitar, backup vocals
Release contributions: all releases from Low Budget (1979) to To the Bone (1996)
Jim Rodford stepped in when Dalton finally left the band in 1978
Ian Gibbons
Active: 1979–1989, 1993–1996
Instruments: keyboards, backup vocals
Release contributions: all releases from Give the People What They Want (1981) to To the Bone (1996), apart from Phobia (1993)
Ian Gibbons joined the band after the band recorded Low Budget.
Bob Henrit
Active: 1984–1996
Instruments: drums and percussion
Release contributions: all releases from Think Visual (1986) to To the Bone (1996)
Bob Henrit replaced Mick Avory in 1984 after Avory and Davies quarreled in the studio.
Mark Haley
Active: 1989–1993
Instruments: keyboards, backup vocals
Release contributions: none
After Gibbons left the band Mark Haley toured with them.

Positions in UK charts[change | change source]

  • You Really Got Me - No. 1 (1964)
  • All Day and All of the Night - No. 2 (1964)
  • Tired of Waiting for You - No. 1 (1965)
  • Dedicated Follower of Fashion - No. 4 (1966)
  • Sunny Afternoon - No. 1 (1966)
  • Dead End Street - No. 5 (1966)
  • Waterloo Sunset - No. 2 (1967)
  • Autumn Almanac - No. 3 (1967)
  • Lola - No. 2 (1970)
  • Apeman - No. 5 (1970)

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album Title Highest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1964 Kinks
(Released in the US as You Really Got Me)
#3 #29
1965 Kinks-Size
(US-only album)
- #13
1965 Kinda Kinks #3 #60
1965 Kinkdom
(US-only album)
- #47
1965 The Kink Kontroversy #9 #95
1966 Face to Face #12 #136
1967 Something Else by The Kinks #35 #153
1968 The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society - -
1969 Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) - #105
1970 Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One - #35
1971 Percy (soundtrack) - -
1971 Muswell Hillbillies - #100
1972 Everybody's in Show-Biz - #70
1973 Preservation: Act 1 - #177
1974 Preservation: Act 2 - #114
1975 Soap Opera - #51
1975 Schoolboys in Disgrace - #45
1977 Sleepwalker - #21
1978 Misfits - #40
1979 Low Budget - #11
1981 Give the People What They Want - #15
1983 State of Confusion - #12
1984 Word of Mouth - #57
1986 Think Visual - #81
1989 UK Jive - #122
1993 Phobia - #166

Live and other albums[change | change source]

Compilation albums[change | change source]

Year Album Title Highest UK
Chart Position
Highest US
Chart Position
1966 Greatest Hits!
(US-only album)
- #9
1966 Well Respected Kinks #5 -
1967 Sunny Afternoon
(UK-only album)
#9 -
1970 The Hit Collection - -
1971 Golden Hour of the Kinks
(UK-only album)
#21 -
1972 The Kink Kronikles
(US-only album)
- #94
1973 The Great Lost Kinks Album - #145
1974 Golden Hour of the Kinks Vol. 2
(UK-only album)
- -
1974 Lola, Percy and the Apeman Come Face to Face
with the Village Green Preservation Society
- -
1976 The Kinks' Greatest: Celluloid Heroes - #105
1978 20 Golden Greats #19 -
1980 Second Time Around - -
1981 The Kinks Collection - -
1983 Candy from Mr. Dandy
(US-only album)
- -
1983 Dead End Street: Kinks Greatest Hits #96 -
1984 Kinks Kollectables - -
1984 The Kinks: A Compleat Collection
20th Anniversary Edition
- #209
1985 The Kinks: Backtrackin' (The Definitive Double Album Collection) -
1986 Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of 1977-1986 - -
1988 The Kinks Are Well Respected Men - -
1989 25 Years: The Ultimate Collection #35 -
1992 The Kinks Story Vol. 1: 1964-1966 - -
1992 The Kinks Story Vol. 2: 1967-1971 - -
1993 The Definitive Collection: The Kinks Greatest Hits #18 -
1994 You Really Got Me: The Very Best of The Kinks - -
1997 The Singles Collection #42 -
1998 God Save The Kinks, Vol. 1 - -
1998 God Save The Kinks, Vol. 2 - -
1998 God Save The Kinks, Vol. 3 - -
1999 You Really Got Me: The Best of The Kinks - -
2001 BBC Sessions: 1964-1977 - -
2002 The Ultimate Collection #32 -
2007 The Ultimate Collection
(re-released as a 2CD set)
#1
(Indie Chart)
-
2008 Picture Book (6 CD box set) - -

EPs[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

Release Date
(UK unless noted)
Title Chart positions
UK Singles Chart US Billboard Hot 100 US Mainstream Rock Australia Belgium Canada Germany Netherlands New Zealand Sweden
7 February 1964 "Long Tall Sally" -[4] #129[5]
17 April 1964 "You Still Want Me"[6] [7]
4 August 1964 "You Really Got Me" #1 #7 #2 #4 #39 #23 #11
23 October 1964 "All Day and All of the Night" #2 #7 #18 #12 #22 #17 #18
15 January 1965 "Tired of Waiting for You" #1 #6 #24 #3 #27 #18 #6
19 March 1965 "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" [8] #11 #28
21 May 1965 "Set Me Free" #9 #23 #2 #12
30 July 1965 "See My Friends" #10 #111 #26 #19
14 August 1965 "Who'll Be the Next in Line"[8] #34 #25
October 1965 "A Well Respected Man" [9] [10] #13 #18 #20 #8 #3
19 November 1965 "Till the End of the Day" #8 #50 #25 #34 #4 #3
25 February 1966 "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" #4 #36 #13 #11 #11 #1 #1 #6
March 1966 (Sweden) "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight?"[11] #7
3 June 1966 "Sunny Afternoon" #1 #14 #12 #14 #1 #7 #1 #2 #2
October 1966 (Europe) "Dandy"[11] #2 #1 #3
18 November 1966 "Dead End Street" #5 #73 #11 #28 #5 #5 #4 #12
21 April 1967 (Europe) "Mister Pleasant"[9] #80 #3 #12 #2
5 May 1967 "Waterloo Sunset" #2 #6 #8 #7 #1 #7 #14
7 July 1967 "Death of a Clown"[12] #3 #31 #5 #3 #2
13 October 1967 "Autumn Almanac" #3 #5 #13 #6 #17
24 November 1967 "Susannah's Still Alive"[12] #20 #18 #27 #10 #18
5 April 1968 "Wonderboy" #36 #29 #6
28 June 1968 "Days" #12 #17 #28 #7 #11
30 August 1968 "Lincoln County"[12] [6] #15
8 January 1969 (US) "Starstruck"[9] #13
17 January 1969 "Hold My Hand"[12] [6]
28 March 1969 "Plastic Man"[6] #31 #17
20 June 1969 "Drivin'"[6]
30 July 1969 (US) "The Village Green Preservation Society"[13]
12 September 1969 "Shangri-La"[6] #27
12 December 1969 "Victoria" #33 #62 #57 #33
12 June 1970 "Lola" #2 #9 #4 #2 #2 #1 #1 #5
20 November 1970 "Apeman" #5 #45 #5 #19 #9 #14 #5
April 1971 "God's Children" #53 #21
December 1971 (US) "20th Century Man"[13] #106 #89
5 May 1972 "Supersonic Rocket Ship" #16 #111 #29
24 November 1972 "Celluloid Heroes"
20 April 1973 (US) "One Of The Survivors"[13] #108
29 June 1973 "Sitting In The Midday Sun"
21 September 1973 "Sweet Lady Genevieve"
16 November 1973 "Where Have All the Good Times Gone"[6]
April 1974 (US) "Money Talks"[13]
26 July 1974 "Mirror Of Love"
11 October 1974 "Holiday Romance"[6]
November 1974 (US) "Preservation"[13]
18 April 1975 "Ducks On The Wall"[6]
April 1975 (US) "Starmaker"[13]
23 May 1975 "You Can't Stop The Music"[6]
January 1976 (US) "I'm In Disgrace"[13]
23 January 1976 "No More Looking Back"[6]
18 March 1977 "Sleepwalker" #48 #54
3 June 1977 "Juke Box Music"
25 November 1977 "Father Christmas"
19 May 1978 "A Rock 'N Roll Fantasy" #30 #30
14 July 1978 "Live Life"
29 September 1978 "Black Messiah"[6]
26 January 1979 "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" #41 #71 #43
28 September 1979 "Moving Pictures"[6]
August 1979 (US) "A Gallon Of Gas"[13]
September 1979 (US) "Catch Me Now I'm Falling"[13]
30 November 1979 "Pressure"[6]
July 1980 (US) "Lola (Live)"[9] #81 #69 #2 #1
29 October 1980 (US) "You Really Got Me (Live)"[13]
19 June 1981 "Better Things" #46 #92 #12
28 September 1981 (US) "Destroyer"[13] #85 #3 #35
30 October 1981 "Predictable"[6]
19 November 1982 "Come Dancing" #12 #6 #17 #36 #18 #6 #25 #18
30 September 1983 "Don't Forget to Dance" #58 #29 #16 #20 #38
10 August 1984 "Good Day"[6]
March 1985 (US) "Summer's Gone"[13]
19 April 1985 "Do It Again" #41 #4 #91
17 November 1986 (US) "Rock 'n' Roll Cities"[13] #37
22 December 1986 "How Are You"
3 April 1987 "Lost and Found" #37
16 May 1988 "The Road"[6]
25 September 1989 "Down all the Days (Till 1992)"[6]
19 February 1990 "How Do I Get Close"
1991 Did Ya EP #48
12 July 1993 "Scattered"[6]
15 November 1993 "Only a Dream"[6] #79
January 1997 The Days EP #35
September 2004 "You Really Got Me"[14] #42
May 2007 "Waterloo Sunset"[14] #88
(#1 Indie)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p4690
  2. Rogan, Johnny (1998). The Complete Guide to the Music of The Kinks. London, UK: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-6314-2.
  3. http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/the-kinks
  4. "Long Tall Sally" did not chart on the Record Retailer chart (now regarded as the 'official' chart) but did reach #42 on the Melody Maker chart which was arguably more important at the time.
  5. "Long Tall Sally" did not chart in the US until late 1964, after several other Kinks singles had charted.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 UK releases. "You Still Want Me", "Lincoln County", "Hold My Hand", "Plastic Man", "Drivin'", "Shangri-La", "Where Have All The Good Times Gone", "Holiday Romance", "Ducks On The Wall", "You Can't Stop The Music", "No More Looking Back", "Black Messiah", "Moving Pictures", "Pressure", "Predictable", "Good Day", "The Road", "Down all the Days (Till 1992)", "Scattered" and "Only a Dream" were all UK/European releases, and were not released as singles in the US.
  7. "You Still Want Me" was the intended second U.S. single, backed with You Do Something To Me. Both of these tracks, along with both sides of their first U.S. single, were issued as a bootleg EP with very little value.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" and "Who'll Be The Next In Line" were respectively the A-side and B-side of a UK/European single. This single was released several months later in North America, with the A-side and B-side reversed.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "A Well Respected Man","Mr. Pleasant", "Starstruck" and "Lola (Live)" were released as singles in continental Europe and North America only.
  10. "A Well Respected Man" was originally released (September 1965) in the UK on the 45rpm 7" EP Kwyet Kinks which was not eligible for the UK singles chart.
  11. 11.0 11.1 European releases. "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight" and "Dandy" were released as singles in continental Europe only.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "Death Of A Clown", "Susannah's Still Alive", "Lincoln County" and "Hold My Hand" were solo singles initially credited to Dave Davies. All have subsequently been reissued as Kinks tracks on various Kinks albums.
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 U.S. releases. "The Village Green Preservation Society", "20th Century Man", "One Of The Survivors", "Money Talks", "Preservation", "Starmaker", "I'm In Disgrace", "A Gallon Of Gas", "Catch Me Now I'm Falling", "You Really Got Me (Live)", "Destroyer", "Summer's Gone" and "Rock 'n' Roll Cities" were US single releases. While some of these were also released as singles in other territories, none of these were released as singles in the UK.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "You Really Got Me" was reissued for its 40th anniversary as a replica of the original Pye 2 track 7" single and a CD single which added rarity "Misty Water". "Waterloo Sunset" was reissued for its 40th anniversary as a replica of the original UK Pye 2 track 7" single and a CD single which was a replica of the French 4 track EP.