The Kinks

  • Real Name: Ray Davies
  • Birth Date: 21st June 1944
  • Birth Place: London
  • Dave Davies
  • 3rd February 1947
  • London
  • Real Name: Mick Avory
  • Birth Date: 15th February 1944
  • Birth Place: London
  • Peter Quaife
  • 31st December 1943
  • Tavistock Devon
  • The Kinks were one of the few groups that grew to fame during the 1960s 'beat boom' and were still creating successful singles in the 1970s. They were excellent musicians and had in their midst a remarkable song writing talent, Ray Davies. Although the regularity of their hits continued unabated for many years, and they never looked like losing their public appeal, their longevity was threatened from within. For the members, and Ray Davies in particular, showed an emotional temperament and extreme behaviour sometimes even descending into violence.

    Despite these tendencies the band stayed together- more or less continuously- until 1969 when Peter Quaife departed and was replaced by John Dalton from the Creation. The 1970s were a time of change in other ways too for the band began to spend the majority of its time in the USA where the 'Britishness' of Ray Davies' wonderfully original lyrics had great appeal.

    The Kinks had no less than five UK EPs released during the 1960s and the one shown on the right is the first of them. This contains a number of tracks not featured on their singles including their splendid version of the controversial, Louie Louie- a song made famous by the Kingsmen.

    Although both the Davies brothers tried solo careers as side-lines during the 1960s, and Dave even managed two top 20 hits, the group has always seemed to come first. Whatever it is that has kept them together we should be grateful to it. The Kinks have been one of the truly great institutions to have been brought to us through the advent of the group sound of the 1960s.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Upper List shows UK 45 singles releases only
    • See Lower List for EP releases
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Pye 7N15611 1964 Long Tall Sally  
    Pye 7N15636 1964 You Still Want Me/ You Do Something To Me  
    Pye 7N15673 1964 You Really Got Me/ It's All Right #1
    Pye 7N15714 1964 All Day And All Of The Night #2
    Pye 7N15759 1965 Tired Of Waiting For You/ Come On Now #1
    Pye 7N15813 1965 Everybody's Gonna Be Happy/ Who'll Be The Next In Line #17
    Pye 7N15854 1965 Set Me Free/ I Need You #9
    Pye 7N15919 1965 See My Friend/ Never Met A Girl like You Before #10
    Pye 7N15981 1965 Till The End Of The Day/ Where Have All The Good Times Gone #8
    Pye 7N17064 1966 Dedicated Follower Of Fashion/ Sittin' On My Sofa #4
    Pye 7N17125 1966 Sunny Afternoon/ I'm Not Like Everybody Else #1
    Pye 7N17222 1966 Dead End Street/ Big Black Smoke #5 
    Pye 7N17321 1967 Waterloo Sunset/ Act Nice And Gentle #2
    Pye 7N17400 1967 Autumn Almanac/ Mr. Pleasant #3
    Pye 7N17468 1968 Wonderboy/ Polly #36
    Pye 7N17573 1968 Days/ She's Got Everything #12
    Pye 7N17724 1969 Plastic Man/ King Kong #31
    Pye 7N17776 1969 Drivin'/ Mindless Child Of Motherhood  
    Pye 7N17812 1969 Shangri-La/ This Man He Weeps Tonight  
    Pye 7N17865 1969 Victoria/ Mr. Churchill Says #33

    EP Discography

    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Pye NEP2400 1964 "Kinksize Session" #1
    I've Gotta Go Now/I've Got That Feeling/Things Are Getting Better/LouieLouie
    Pye NEP24203 1964 Kinksize Hits #3
    You Really Got Me/It's All Right/All Day And All Of The Night/I Gotta Move
    Pye NEP24221 1965 "Kwyet Kinks" #1
    Wait Till The Summer Comes/Sudh A Shame/A Well Respected Man/Don't You Fret
    Pye NEP24258 1966 "Dedicated Kinks" #7
    Dedicated Follower Of Fashion/Till The End Of The Day/See My Friend/Set Me Free
    Pye NEP24296 1968 "The Kinks"  
    David Watts/Two Sisters/Lazy Old Sun/Situation Vacant

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