Backstory: The Kinks - You've Really Got Me

One of the great Brit Bands of the 1960s (and later) was THE KINKS (Pete Quaife-Bass, Dave Davies-Lead Guitar and Vocals, Ray Davies-Rythm Guitar and Vocals, and Mick Avory-Drums). Former Art School mates, The Kinks were a little artier than most of the British Invasion bands of the time, and Ray Davies lyrics tended to be more observational than most of their contemporaries in 1964.

 

This color video that Scott found shows the English Music Hall kind of performances they did, and their music reflects all the young Brit band's fancy for the Rhythm and Blues of the American Black artists. The group had many chart records over the years, 23 Albums from 1964 to 1993, and 14 Chart singles, some UK only.

 

This video shows them on the Midnight special, doing their first hit single after 2 tries: YOU'VE REALLY GOT ME, it went #1 in England and Top 10 in the U.S. The story on the song is quite fascinating; Ray Davies was obsessed with The Kingsmen's, LOUIE LOUIE, and wanted to do something similar.

 

They went into PYE Studios and recorded "You've Really Got A Hold On Me," but Ray wasn't happy, it was slow and too polished the way the label wanted it and they would not pay for another session. So Ray, who had a rep as a pretty independent guy in a lot of ways, rented an Indie Studio with his own dime, and they cut it raw and faster in two takes...it was perfect. The original four members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame  in 1990 and the U.K. Hall of Fame in 2005. @therealdonrocks

 

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