FEBRUARY 12, 1964 -- The newly-renamed Kinks -- formerly the Ravens -- sign a formal agreement with Robert Wace and Grenville Collins, a.k.a. Boscobel Productions, to manage the band. Because the four band members -- Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, and their brand-new drummer Mick Avory -- are all so young, their parents have to countersign the contract.
FEBRUARY 13, 1964 -- The Kinks' first single, "Long Tall Sally" / "I Took My Baby Home" lands on the 15 February Melody Maker chart, released today, at number 42, where it will last for only a week before disappearing.
FEBRUARY 21, 1964 -- The Kinks drive up to Liverpool, in their new refitted ambulance-cum-tour van, to play a lunchtime gig at the Cavern Club. Granada Television also films a separate performance, although the film is never aired. Later on they play a show at the Mersey View Ballroom in nearby Frodsham, and drive back to London in the middle of the night.
For these performances, Ray is wearing temporary tooth caps, prior to being fitted out with permanent ones. At the last moment, however, he will leave the dentists' office, deciding to keep the gap and be true to himself.