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The Kinks (1963–1996) were an English pop-rock group that came out of the British R&B scene of the early 1960s. Formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray Davies and Dave Davies in 1964 and categorised in the United States as a "British Invasion" band, the Kinks are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. In 1990, their first year of eligibility, the original four members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Later, in November 2005, they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Among numerous other honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for "Outstanding Service to British Music" in 2006.

Formed in 1963 in Muswell Hill, North London, they first gained prominence on the heels of the well-received and highly influential single "You Really Got Me" (1964). The group originally consisted of lead singer/guitarist Ray Davies, his brother lead guitarist Dave Davies, drummer Mick Avory, and bassist Peter Quaife. Quaife left (twice) in the late 1960s, and Avory finally left in 1984 as the result of a long-running dispute with Dave Davies, leaving only the Davies brothers as the core of the original group.

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Ray Davies
since 1964 till 1996
Dave Davies
since 1964 till 1996
Ian Gibbons
since 1979 till 1989 Unknown
since 1993 till 1996 Unknown
Mick Avory
since 1964 till 1984
Jim Rodford
since 1978 till 1996 Unknown
John Dalton
since 1966 till 1966 Unknown
since 1969 till 1976 Unknown
since 1978 till 1978 Unknown
Bob Henrit
since 1984 till 1996 Unknown
John Gosling
since 1970 till 1978 Unknown
Nicky Hopkins
since 1964 till 1969 lib/muslib/membership_type_1
Mark Haley
since 1989 till 1993 Unknown
Pete Quaife
since 1964 till 1966
since 1966 till 1969 Unknown
Andy Pyle
since 1976 till 1978 Unknown
Gordon John Edwards
since 1978 till 1978 Unknown

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