Image Courtesy of Universal Music GroupThe Kinks‘ first album, simply titled Kinks, was released in the United Kingdom 50 years ago today. The record featured the band’s influential and enduring rock anthem “You Really Got Me,” penned by frontman Ray Davies, which spent two weeks at #1 on the U.K. singles chart in September of 1964 and also reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 later that year.

Kinks peaked at #3 on the U.K. album tally, and reached #29 in the U.S. The record offered a mix of Davies originals and cover tunes, including renditions of Bo Diddley‘s “Cadillac” and Chuck Berry‘s “Too Much Money Business and “Beautiful Delilah.” Among the Davies compositions was “Stop Your Sobbing,” a tune later famously covered by The Pretenders.

As previously reported, The Kinks are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a series of archival releases. Among them are a two-CD retrospective titled The Essential Kinks that’s due out on October 14 and a five-disc compilation called The Anthology 1964-1971 that will arrive on November 18.

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