Bobby Graham: The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” Drummer

[SKF NOTE: File under, “Old Dog, New Tricks.” I just learned today that Bobby Graham is the drummer on this classic rock tune. Maybe there are others like me. My apologies to the already enlightened.]

Wall Street Journal
How the Kinks Roughed Up Their Sound
To come up with the fuzzy distortion on ‘You Really Got Me,’ members of the Kinks distressed their speakers with knitting needles and razor blades. A look at how the influential 1964 hit took shape

Updated Oct. 29, 2014 11:33 a.m. ET

[Producer Shel] Talmy: The Kinks didn’t have a drummer yet, so I hired Bobby Graham, the best English session drummer at the time for rock. I played the tambourine.

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