The Kinks were an influential and prolific English rock group, formed in the mid-1960s by Ray Davies and his brother Dave Davies. They first gained prominence in 1964 with their hit single "You Really Got Me" but continued to record and perform for over thirty years. The band's name was based on Ray Davies' penchant for dressing like a traffic light, which triggered the comment that he "looked like a kink". The group's original lineup consisted of lead singer/guitarist Ray Davies, lead guitarist Dave Davies, drummer Mick Avory and bassist Peter Quaife. In the United States, they are associated with the so-called British Invasion.
The Kinks were never as commercially successful as their mid-1960's peers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, or The Who. Nevertheless, the band is frequently cited as one of the most important, influential acts of the 1960s, and the quality of their finest material remains unquestionable. The Kinks early hard-driving singles set a standard in the mid-1960s for rock and roll that reverberated for decades. Their best albums, such as Face to Face, Something Else, Arthur, Village Green, Lol...
Origin London, England
Genre British Invasion
Years active 1963 in music website Official site Current members Ray Davies
Past members Pete Quaife
John Dalton (musician)