The Kinks

Formed 1964. Disbanded 1996.
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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies in 1963. The Kinks, who rose to fame during the mid-1960s and were part of the British Invasion of the US, are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era.

Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the group's 32-year run. Longest serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit formerly of Argent in 1984. Original bassist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band in the studio for many of their recordings in the mid-late 1960s. In 1969 keyboardist John Gosling joined the band, making them an official five-piece, while Ian Gibbons replaced him in 1979, playing in the band until its eventual demise.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Kinks at the BBC

    The Kinks at the BBC 2012

    Reviewed by Paul Whitelaw
    A revealing monument to the genius of one of Britain’s greatest bands.
  2. Review of Kinda Kinks

    Kinda Kinks 2011

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    The first proper Kinks album, pointing the way to pop greatness.
  3. Review of Picture Book

    Picture Book 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    A timely reminder of one of the greatest bands, not just of the 60s but of any period.
  4. Review of ...Are The Village Green Preservation Society

    ...Are The Village Green Preservation Society 2004

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    Ray Davies spent much of the summer putting together a concept album steeped in...
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