It was an era when teens were taking control of their own music. Songwriter Ray Davies was 20, guitarist Dave Davies – who, the story goes, used mom’s knitting needles to make his amp produce fuzz – was 17 at the time. Jimmy Page plays rhythm guitar on a few of the tracks. Not this one. The song was Van Halen‘s first single in 1978.
The Kinks released 25 albums before wrapping it up in 1996; the US resisted most of them, but put 8 singles into the top-40.
It was preceded by 1965 Chicago WCIU-TV ( UHF-26) airings of pre-teen dance show Kiddie-a-Go-Go and Red Hot and Blues. First airing live on Aug. 17 1970, it was created by station employee Don Cornelius, formerly a DJ on Chicago’s WVON radio. When it’s syndicated, it (like Motown) moves to Los Angeles (but also continues as a local show in Chicago). Cornelius hosts the show until June 1993.
In 1995 it wins a Daytime Emmey for Outstanding Lighting Direction. Soul Trains ends after 1100 episodes — 35 years — in 2006. From the look of Youtube, all of those episodes are out there somewhere!