The Kinks

The Kinks • Top of the Pops • December 8, 1966 • No. 2


BBC Lime Grove Studios, Studio G, West London

BBC1 Top of the Pops – Broadcast live, 7:35-8:05pm, Segment repeated December 22, 1966

Left to right: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, and Mick Avory


The Story

The Kinks take position prior to performing ‘Dead End Street’ on BBC1’s Top of the Pops

This date marks the televised return of original bassist Pete Quaife to the group following a serious road accident involving the band’s van the previous June. 

After being out of commission as a Kink for several weeks, Quaife decides that living in Copenhagen with his wealthy girlfriend holds more appeal than being a pop star. Rumors circulate in the press that the soon-to-be former musician will become a designer for British European Airlines. Quaife gives notice of his intention to leave the band on September 11 and formally signs a letter of resignation on September 30, thereby making his temporary fill-in, John Dalton, an official member of the band. But within a month, Quaife, perhaps realizing that he’s a big fish in a small fjord, returns to his parents’ flat in London along with his Danish girlfriend. Negotiations for his return to The Kinks are quickly set in motion, and he officially rejoins the band on November 14. 

Dalton returns to his previous occupation as a coalman following his sudden and unceremonious sacking from the world of pop. He will receive a call from The Kinks once again when Quaife finally leaves the band for good on March 31, 1969.

Also appearing in studio on this week’s Top of the Pops!: Jimmy Ruffin, The Easybeats, and Tom Jones.

Photographer unconfirmed / Image formerly from the London Features International Ltd – John Halsall Archives 

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