You Really Got Me 45 by The Kinks

The Kinks were formed in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They were quickly signed to a recording contract and became part of The British music invasion of The United States in the mid-sixties.

The Kinks still exist today and have had a long and commercially succesful career but no song had more impact than their first big American hit.

“You Really Got Me” contains one of the best known opening riffs in guitar history and was a first blast of what would become hard rock. Ray Davies may have had the vision but it was Dave who got it just right. Many groups have built upon this riff over he years but The Kinks can always say they were first.

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