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Kurt Cobain is born in Aberdeen, Washington

Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 2th, 1967 to father Donald and mother Wendy in Gray’s Harbor Community Hospital overlooking Aberdeen, Washington. He weighed 7lbs and 7.5 oz and had a darkish complexion, which soon lightened, and azure eyes that drew compliments from all that saw him.

Police raid Keith Richard’s “Redlands” home in Sussex for drugs

Around 5:30pm on February 12th, 1967, around 20 police descended on Keith Richards’ Sussex home, “Redlands”. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested and sentenced to jail for drug offenses. Amid much public outcry The Rolling Stones found an unlikely ally in the shape of the conservative editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg.
The Time’s editorial piece, “Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?” is considered to be a key factor in Keith Richards acquittal and Mick Jagger’s conditional discharge. It also signified a major shift in public opinion in the UK.

“Face to Face” released by The Kinks

You think The Beatles made a huge leap forward with Revolver? Well, The Kinks made a quantum leap with “Face to Face”! Released in the USA on December 7th, 1966 it barely made the top 100 in the album charts. However “Face to Face” saw the beginning of Ray Davies and The Kinks Golden Era, producing some amazing records.

The Kinks release “The Kink Kontroversy”

The Kinks released “The Kink Kontroversy” on November 26th, 1965 in the UK with the US release coming on March 30th, 1966. By now The Kinks were blossoming and coming into their own as musicians and Ray Davies was finding his voice as a song-writer. However it is called “The Kink Kontroversy” for a reason.
By now the Davies brothers were at each others throats with their on-stage fall-outs spilling over into audience riots. On top of this, for reasons that have never been made entirely clear, the American Federation of Musicians banned The Kinks from touring the U.S between 1965 to 1969.

The Kinks release “Kinda Kinks”

The success of “You Really Got Me” and “Tired of Waiting for You”, saw The Kinks rushed into the studio to record “Kinda Kinks” and cash in on The British Invasion. Kinda Kinks was recorded in a week and squeezed in between their hectic schedule to be released in August 1965 in the USA. While not a classic Kinks album, it is an improvement over “You Really Got Me” and shows some of the promise of things to come from Ray Davies and Kinks

“You Really Got Me” released by The Kinks

On October 2nd, 1964 The Kinks released their first album “You Really Got Me”. The title track was the result of a genius riff and the sound created by main song writer Ray Davies’ brother, Dave Davies, slashing the cone in his amp to create one of the most influential songs of all time. Add to this appearances as session musicians of Jimmy Page and Jon Lord and you have an album of note to music fans.

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