Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy
|"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"|
|Single by The Kinks|
|from the album Kinda Kinks (US version)|
|B-side||"Who'll Be the Next in Line" (R. Davies)|
|Released||19 March 1965 (UK)
21 July 1965 (US)
|Recorded||22–23 December 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London|
|Label||Pye 7N 15813 (UK)
Reprise 0366 (US)
|The Kinks singles chronology|
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" is a song by Ray Davies, released as a UK single by The Kinks in 1965. As the follow-up to the number-one hit "Tired of Waiting for You" (indeed their previous 3 singles all made the top 2), it was less successful, reaching number 17. It broke a run of what would have been thirteen consecutive top-ten singles in the UK.
Both sides of the single were recorded in December 1964 in the same session as the B-side and final overdubs for "Tired of Waiting for You".
Following the poor performance in the UK, Reprise held off releasing the single in the US They did release follow up "Set Me Free" but when the next UK single "See My Friends" was judged to be even less suitable, they flipped the "Ev'rybody..." single with "Who'll Be the Next in Line" as the A-side, releasing it four months after the UK version. Although only a moderate hit, reaching number 34, it was more successful than "See My Friends" which, when it was eventually released in the US in September, failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #111).
As well as being the US B-side, "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" was included as the first track on side 2 of the US version of the Kinda Kinks album.
The song is featured in Stephen Frears' film, High Fidelity, and appears on the accompanying soundtrack.
- "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" was covered by Queens of the Stone Age on the limited edition UK and Japanese versions of their Songs for the Deaf album.
- Queens of the Stone Age also covered "Who'll Be the Next in Line" as one of the UK only bonus tracks of their Rated R album.
- "Who'll Be the Next in Line" was also covered by French singer Françoise Hardy in 1969
- "Who'll Be the Next in Line" was also covered by Sir Douglas Quintet on their 1981 Border Wave album.
- Kinks in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- The Official Ray Davies Web Site
- The Official Ray Davies Forum - "The Old Grey Board"
- The Official Ray Davies Forum on YouTube
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics