Kinks Refute Claims That Jimmy Page Played on Hit Single

Dave Davies rejects claims made in new BBC documentary.

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Kinks guitarist Dave Davies has refuted claims that Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page played guitar on one of the group's biggest hits.

As HenneMusic reports, a recent radio documentary made by the BBC titled "London's Tin Pan Alley" claimed that Page had played on the track, a rumor that the Led Zeppelin guitarist has himself denied. Speaking via the Kinks' official Facebook page, Davies had the following to say:

"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. 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."

Kinks singer Ray Davies recently announced that he had been meeting with Dave to discuss the possibility of writing together again:

"I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again," he said. "We've also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He's been composing his own songs, but I'd really like to write with him again."

Davies noted that, were the Kinks to reunite, such a reunion would need to be led by strong new material:

"We both agree we don't want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It's got to be something new."

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    I feel bad for him losing credit to his own song to Jimmy Page, but I'm not so sure about the statement "I, Dave Davies, invented the distorted guitar sound"
    it is the truth though. he used a razor blade to slit the speakers of his amp giving his guitar a distortion sound that wasnt around at the time and you really got me was the first song to feature that sound
    It isn't, there are musicians way before the kinks that used a slight distorted sound, poor blues musicians for example, the distortion was often caused by a slightly damaged amp.
    distortion due to the quality of recording/qulaity of equipment being used (abused) is completely different than the actual sound of a distorted guitar- imo
    sorry4dblpostin' -probably Link Wray deserves real credit, but Dave's probably had legions of magazines, papers, journals telling him that he did it, i would cut the dude a little bit of slack
    Makes you wonder what the BBC were going on... even Page denied the claim.
    " I, Dave Davies, invented the distorted guitar sound " Dude, you just got it to sell big bucks first.