It was the late '60s through the early '70s and one band that had gained popularity at a rapid pace found themselves reigning right up there with the other top rock bands of that era,  allow me to introduce you to The Kinks.

The Kinks, YouTube

"Long Live The Kinks!", with songs that became a staple to us as well as in their concerts, "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night" and let's throw in "Tired of Waiting For You", I mean you talk about songs that became a signature and this was just the beginning.

 

What's amazing about The Kinks is of the musical influence they still have in regards to the bands that are working it today, a very critical yet commercially successful band. Talk about a major influence on the future of bands and their music, how's this line-up. The Who, The Clash, Van Halen, The Pretenders, The Ramones, Oasis and Blur.

You Really Got Me, Amazon

The song, "You Really Got Me" , the catalyst to their success, not just pure solid classic rock but also considered the seed to what we know as heavy metal.

1963, what a year, the birth of The Kinks, laid out as Ray Davies (lead vocals), Ray Davies (lead guitar), Mick Avory (drums) and Peter Quaife (bass). Unfortunately the band's popularity began to decline somewhat in the mid '80s, eventually calling it quits around 1996.

The Kinks, YouTube

 

The Kinks were one of a kind, so good that they were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the very first year they were eligible in 1990.

I got to see them six times in the U.S. and loved every minute of it. Like I said at the beginning of this article, "Long Live The Kinks!"

 

Have fun and enjoy some great Kinks videos below (a few extras thrown in):