100 Great Songs From The British Invasion- 1963-66. The arrival of The Beatles and the British Invasion was a game changer as far as pumping energy into rock music. Not only the music that came from those artists- but the influence the had on American artists. Would rock and roll music have survived much longer without that input? The 1960’s certainly would have been a lot different. In this feature only have two rules- I am narrowing the song choices to the time period of 1963- to 66- and I for obvious reasons I won’t feature any Beatles songs.
Single: ‘ You Really Got Me’- The Kinks / Written by Ray Davies/ Recorded July 1964/ Time: 2:20/ Produced by Shel Talmy/ Released in U.S. September 2, 1964 / Peaked at #1 in UK- #7 in US Billboard Hot 100.
One of the great rock music myths of all time is- that future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page played the guitar solo on The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’- Jimmy Page over the years has flatly denied it- and the rumor has always pissed Ray Davies off. The most memorable part of this great song is the power chords. The song is built around Dave Davies guitar riff. ‘You Really Got Me’ is one of the most influential non- Beatles songs from The British Invasion. ‘You Really Got Me’ was the first hit song for two bands- The Kinks- and a cover of the song in 1978 was Van Halen’s first hit single- reaching #36. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked The Kinks ‘ You Really Got Me’ at #82 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.