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Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.
6 Denmark Terrace, the childhood home of the Davies brothers. The front room is where the family's frequent Saturday night parties were held.
"Louie Louie" 10-note riff
Publicity photo taken during a Swedish tour in 1965
Original release
Promotional photograph, 1966
Ray Davies plays a Fender acoustic, Dave Davies a prototype Gibson Flying V, on the Dutch TV programme Fenklup on 29 April 1967.
The Kinks, c. 1971. From left: John Gosling, Dave Davies, Mick Avory, John Dalton, Ray Davies (the band's line-up 1970–1976, 1977–1978)
The cover features Black Flag's singer Dez Cadena and some of his improvised lyrics to "Louie Louie".
Ray Davies in character as Mr Flash, the anti-hero of the Preservation series
Ray Davies in Brussels, 1985, as the group's popularity began to dwindle
Dave Davies at the Dakota Creek Roadhouse, 2002

"You Really Got Me" is a song written by Ray Davies for English rock band the Kinks.

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Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.

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According to the band's manager, Larry Page, the song's characteristic riff came about while working out the chords of the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie".

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"You Really Got Me", a Ray Davies song, influenced by American blues and the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie", was recorded on 15 June 1964 at Pye Studios with a slower and more produced feel than the final single.

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The Kinks recorded "Louie Louie" on October 18, 1964.

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Sources vary on the impact of "Louie Louie" on the writing of "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night".

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In England, largely under the influence of the mod movement and beat groups, the Kinks' 1964 hit singles "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night", were both influenced by "Louie, Louie".