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The Kinks
The Kinks

Background information
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Rock
Years active 1964—1996
Label(s) Arista Records
RCA Records
Reprise Records
Sony Music
London Records
Koch Records
MCA Records
Associated acts The Creation
Nicky Hopkins
Mike Cotton
The Kast Off Kinks
Former members
Mick Avory
Ray Davies
Dave Davies
Pete Quaife
John Dalton
John Gosling
Andy Pyle
Gordon John Edwards
Jim Rodford
Ian Gibbons
Bob Henrit
Mark Haley

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The Kinks Overview


The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorized in the United States as a British Invasion band, The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential rock acts 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. Original members Pete Quaife (bass guitar, vocals) and Mick Avory (drums and percussion) were replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Bob Henrit in 1984, respectively. Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band during studio sessions in the mid-1960s. Later, various keyboardists, including John Gosling and Ian Gibbons, were full-time members.

To The Bone (1996) Phobia (1993) Lost & Found (1986-89) (1991) UK Jive (1989) Come Dancing With The Kinks (1986) Think Visual (1986) Word Of Mouth (1984) State Of Confusion (1983) Give The People What They Want (1981) One For The Road (1980)

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Ray Davies Wants The Kinks To Reform

April 12, 2011
Ray Davies has revealed that he wants The Kinks to reform. The singer has said that the band are ready for a reunion any time soon.   Read more 

Ray Davies: Mumford & Sons Remind Me Of The Kinks

November 9, 2010
The Kinks' Ray Davies has said Mumford & Sons remind him of his former band. The two acts have collaborated on Davies' new album 'See My Friends', which re-works a number of The Kinks' most famous hits.  Read more 

Ray Davies Teams Up With Metallica, Bruce Springsteen For New Kinks Album

September 30, 2010
Ray Davies has re-recorded several Kinks songs with the likes of Metallica and Bruce Springsteen for a new collaboration album. The LP, entitled 'See My Friends', is released on November 1 and also includes Bon Jovi, Mumford & Sons and Smashing Pumpkins.  Read more 

Kinks' Ray Davies To Write Album With Razorlight, Snow Patrol And Chuck Berry

November 5, 2008
The Kinks' frontman Ray Davies has said he is hoping to write an album with Razorlight's Johnny Borrell and members of Snow Patrol. The collaborative album would also feature Chuck Berry and a host of unknown artists, the singer told the BBC.  Read more 

Ray Davies Rules Out 'Nostalgic' Kinks Reunion

September 23, 2008
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies has said he has no intention of reforming the band for “nostalgic reasons”. But Davies said the band, who formed in the 1960s, are "three quarters of the way" towards recording new material.  Read more 

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