Led Zeppelin star's involvement in 1964 hit single has been an enduring myth
The Kinks Dave Davies has denied Jimmy Page played guitar on ‘You Really Got Me’.
Prior to forming Led Zeppelin, Page was a hugely popular session guitarist and often says he can’t remember which records he played on. For many years he was thought to have added the famous fuzzy guitar line on The Kinks’ 1964 single.
Davies, however, says it was him, and not Page, that played the distinctive part, and wrote as much on his Facebook page after a BBC documentary falsely credited Page with the solo. He wrote: “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.”
He continued: “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.”
It echoes what Page himself has said in the past. Speaking in a 1970 interview with Sound On Sound, he said: “I didn’t play on ‘You Really Got Me’.”
The Kinks musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ recently transferred to the West End. The play is based on an original story by Ray Davies and features his music and lyrics, with a book by Joe Penhall.