The Kinks Moving On For Over 3 Decades
It was Shel Talmy who changed the name of Ray and Dave Davies, of R&B group to The Kinks. This was after the duo, who were then only teenagers had rocked the UK song charts in 1964 with their first song, You Really Got Me, and even went ahead to excel in the US charts. This wonderful song was then soon followed by another one entitled “All Day and All Night”, which had Ray’s very conspicuous and compelling vocal style and amplified by Dave’s heavy riffs of rock. It did not take long before people noticed the peculiarity that characterized this band. The Kinks however, did not continue to enjoy that initial acceptance that they had, since their albums that followed were not were given very low reception there.
After that, they were banned from going back to America after their previous tour had been marred by several disagreements with their promoters over where to conduct their concerts and money. The duo then continued to produce other classic hits such as Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, among others, just in England. These songs which were mostly poetic in nature were seen by many people as whimsical and carefree, which of course resonated with many youthful people of their time, something that kept them relevant. Irrespective of their apparent success in the music industry, their band was characterized by infighting and constant conflicts with their publishing company. However, this did not deter them from continuing to release more albums. Since most of their songs were seemed not to be addressing the contemporary issues that were awash in their society, their sales hardly made any impressive improvement. However, the album they released in 1970 is the one that made the Kinks have some critical financial success. They enjoyed the airs of being at the top for some time and continued to produce more albums until the one they released last in 1993, which was not well received and continued to rank low in the UK and US charts.