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The Kinks invented the power chord. Despite what you may have heard, the basic rock ‘n’ roll power chord as we know it was shaped and perfected by Dave Davies on the Kinks’ mid-‘60s material. ‘You Really Got Me’ is the king of them, but there are plenty others. And if the Kinks’ career stopped there, that would be enough to qualify them as legends. But around 1967 or so, when everyone else started exploring the boundaries of psychedelia, Kinks singer and songwriter Ray Davies dipped back to his native England’s Victorian period, penning songs about a more pastoral and innocent time that somehow served as comments on modern-day society. For the next half-decade, the band released a string of terrific but low-selling albums that elevated Davies to one of rock’s best-ever songwriters. The band had a commercial rebirth at the end of the ‘70s that lasted until the early ‘80s. By the end of the ‘90s, they had broken up.

45 Years Ago: The Kinks’ Heady Ambitions Drive ‘Arthur’

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Kinks' Ray Davies was not easily deterred.

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Kinks Announce Massive ‘Anthology 1964-1971′ Box Set

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BMG/InGrooves

The Kinks' earliest career-making songs will be collected on an upcoming box set titled 'The Anthology 1964-1971.'

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Kinks Now Say There’ll Be No Reunion Without Dave Davies

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Michael Putland, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Earlier this week, it was reported that the long-rumored Kinks reunion may be happening without Dave Davies.

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Kinks Reunion May Happen Without Dave Davies

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MJ Kim, Getty Images

The Kinks haven't released an album of new material since 'Phobia' in 1993, but if fans were expecting all that time off to smooth the famously fractious relationship between co-founding brothers Dave and Ray Davies, they can think again.

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The Kinks’ ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ Featured In Yoplait Yogurt Commercial

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Yoplait

The Kinks' second single is used in a commercial for Yoplait yogurt.

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The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ Turns 50

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The Kinks became a household name 50 years ago with the release of 'You Really Got Me.'

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35 Years Ago: The Kinks Release ‘Low Budget’

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Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images

A move to America helped the Kinks score their most successful album to date with 'Low Budget,' which was released on July 10,1979.

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Dave Davies Debunks Story Claiming Jimmy Page Played on The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’

Dave Davies and Jimmy Page
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Dave Davies emphatically rebukes a BBC documentary that says that Jimmy Page played on the Kinks classic.

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Brawls and Bans: The History of the Kinks’ Struggles in America

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

After one mishap, a powerful musicians union's kept the Kinks out of the U.S. for four long years.

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The Kinks Confirm Reunion Plans

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MJ Kim, Getty Images

Split since 1996, the Kinks have been in talks to reform for their 50th anniversary.

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