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Dave Davies: Jimmy Page Didn't Play on Kinks 'You Really Got Me'

By    |   Friday, 11 Jul 2014 11:57 AM

Dave Davies, lead guitarist and vocalist of The Kinks, has spoken out against a new BBC Radio 2 documentary claiming Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page performed on their 1964 hit, "You Really Got Me."

"BBC tells lies about Dave Davies and the Kinks in their new documentary," Davies wrote on The Kinks' Facebook page, Rolling Stone reported Thursday.

"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."

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Davies was especially angry because the long-running rumor has been debunked several times. Page himself confirmed as much in a 2009 interview, saying "I didn’t play on 'You Really Got Me.'"

Moreover, producer Shel Talmy has said in 2013 that "contrary to myth, Jimmy didn't play on 'You Really Got Me.'" Talmy clarified that the song's signature guitar distortion was invented by Davies, and that Page only played rhythm guitar on a few tracks so lead singer Ray Davies wouldn't have to sing and play at the same time.

In the Facebook post Davies encouraged fans to Tweet at the documentary's producer Kellie Redmond and host Danny Baker to set the record straight. Many obliged.


The Davies brothers have said previously that they were open to the idea of touring for the 50th anniversary of the song, but said they'd prefer to record a new album before setting out.

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Dave Davies, lead guitarist and vocalist of The Kinks, has spoken out against a new BBC Radio 2 documentary claiming Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page performed on their 1964 hit, "You Really Got Me."
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