Legend has it that Jimmy Page played on The Kinks‘ first hit, “You Really Got Me,” but Kinks guitarist Dave Davies says that’s not true after the story came to light again in a new BBC radio documentary.
On his Facebook page Davies writes, “The BBC tells lies about Dave Davies and the Kinks in their new documentary. 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.”
The documentary says Page played on the track. What is true is that Page did play on that Kinks first album, which “You Really Got Me” is part of. The album’s producer, Shel Talmy, used Page on a lot of sessions in the ’60s, including The Who‘s “I Can’t Explain,” which he also produced.
Jimmy Page on being a session musician in the 60’s: