Kinks Legend Hits Out at BBC over Claims Jimmy Page/You Really Got Me Myth

Published 10 years ago on July 11, 2014

By Jonathan Graham

Muswell Hills' favourite sons, The Kinks, have hit out a new BBC Radio 2 documentary which claims Jimmy Page played on their 1964 classic, 'You Really Got Me Now.'

Guitarist Dave Davies posted the following on the band's official Facebook page:

BBC TELLS LIES ABOUT DAVE DAVIES AND THE KINKS IN THEIR NEW DOCUMENTARY. PLEASE TWEET YOUR COMMENTS AT BBC DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER @KELLIEREDMOND @dannybaker5live AND @BBCRadio2 . Tell them to get their facts straight...I, Dave Davies, invented the distorted guitar sound and played the solo on You Really Got Me and Ray Davies played rhythm guitar. We never used ANY other guitarists on any Kinks hits.”

The radio documentary which stated the claim is “London’s Tin Pan Alley: Danny Baker’s Musical History Tour”, which covers the role London's Denmark Street has played in music history.

Jimmy Page has always maintained that he never featured on the track, which hit No. 1 in the UK and No. 7 in the US.

You can hear the “London’s Tin Pan Alley” documentary at BBC Radio 2 here.


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