The Kinks Biography

The Kinks were part of the British Invasion!

The Kinks where an English pop/rock group formed in 1963.

Categorized as a British Invasion band along with the other members of the so-called Big Four (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who) they changed popular music forever.

Among their hits you’d find Lola, Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me which 14 years later would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.

Sunny Afternoon, one of The Kinks big hits!

Sunny Afternoon first appeared on the 1966 album Face To Face, later as a single from that album and then as the title track of their 1967 compilation album.

When released as a single in the summer of 1966, it went to #1 in the U.K and Ireland, in America it reached #14.

It wasn’t just The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles who went to America with their Blues, Soul and Rock n Roll infused Pop, The Kinks was apart of the phenomenon as well as The Searchers, The Yardbirds, The Animals and The Hollies.

None of the bands might have achieved the same craze as The Beatles did, but the communal effort did bind British Pop and Rock with American popular music culture ever since.

The British Invasion

The British Invasion of Blues guitar influenced pop not only brought artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. and Albert King back to fame in America and the world over.

The invasion changed American music into a rawer art form and and made the guitar the most popular instrument in the world.

Many popular culture historians would argue that this ultimately came down to two individuals:

Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

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