Kinks Refute BBC Doc Saying Jimmy Page Played on 'You Really Got Me'

Long-held myth that Led Zeppelin guitarist created the track's distorted guitar sound and solo resurfaces

The Kinks
Jeremy Fletcher/Redferns
July 10, 2014 10:15 AM ET

The Kinks are refuting a new BBC Radio 2 documentary that once again alleges the long-debunked myth that Jimmy Page played on their 1964 hit, "You Really Got Me."

Find Out Where the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' Ranks on Our List of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

"BBC tells lies about Dave Davies and the Kinks in their new documentary," Dave Davies wrote in an all-caps message on Facebook, urging fans to tweet the facts at the show's producer Kellie Redmond and host Danny Baker. "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."

Baker's documentary on London's famed Denmark Street — known as the city's own Tin Pan Alley — simply states that Page, a session musician at the time, played on the track, though other iterations of the legend have credited him for the song's distinct guitar tone and solo.

The Kinks themselves, producer Shel Talmy and even Page have all denied the legend's validity over the years. (You can check out Dave Davies' own account of how he came up with the song's signature distorted sound in this VH1 clip.) And as recently as 2013, Talmy told The Guardian, "contrary to myth, Jimmy didn't play on 'You Really Got Me,'" though the producer maintained that Page played rhythm guitar on a few Kinks tracks so that Ray wouldn't have to play and sing at the same time. 

False as it is, the resurfacing of the "You Really Got Me" myth does coincide with the Kinks' own 50th anniversary, which the band may or may not celebrate together. Back in June, the Davies brothers said they were discussing the possibility of a reunion tour, though they both agreed that they would want to record a new album before hitting the road.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

More Song Stories entries »