|Single by The Kinks|
|from the album Face to Face|
|B-side||"I'm Not Like Everybody Else"|
|Released||3 June 1966 (UK)
July 1966 (US)
|Format||7" single (45 RPM)|
|Recorded||13 May 1966; Pye Studios (No.2), London|
|Label||Pye 7N 17125 (UK)
Reprise 0497 (US)
|The Kinks singles chronology|
"Sunny Afternoon" is a song by The Kinks, written by chief songwriter Ray Davies. Like its contemporary "Taxman" by The Beatles, the song references the high levels of progressive tax taken by the British Labour government of Harold Wilson. The track later featured on the Face to Face album as well as being the title track for their 1967 compilation album. The cover of this compilation features a psychedelic painted 1960 Buick designed by Binder, Edwards and Vaughn and painted in the street outside their studio on Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 in 1966. Its strong music hall flavour and lyrical focus was part of a stylistic departure for the band (begun with 1965's "A Well Respected Man"), which had risen to fame in 1964–65 with a series of hard-driving, power-chord rock hits.
Released as a single on 3 June 1966, it went to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart on 7 July 1966, remaining there for two weeks. The track also went to No. 1 in Ireland on 18 July 1966. In America, it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart early autumn 1966. "Sunny Afternoon" was placed at No. 200 on Pitchfork Media's list of The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s.
The promotional video for the single featured the band performing in a cold, snowy environment.
The song has been covered by performers including The Standells on their 1967 album The Hot Ones!, Jan and Dean on their album Silver Summer (1985), Jimmy Buffett on his Fruitcakes album (1994), Arjen Anthony Lucassen on his Strange Hobby (1997), the Stereophonics on the DVD Live at Morfa Stadium (1999), Space singer Tommy Scott, in a duet with Tom Jones, on Jones' Reload album (1999), Bob Geldof, included on the four-CD compilation, Great Songs of Indifference (2005) and The Cat Empire performed the song for Triple J's "Like A Version" Series in 2009. Take That also used the backing music on the track "Kidz" from their 2010 album Progress. Drake Bell performed the song on The Ring Master and on his 2014 album, Ready, Steady, Go!
- Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 102. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
- "6 Music - Kins reunion exclusive". BBC. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
- MacDonald 2005, p. 200.
- Everett 2010, p. 48.
- "Bartley Gorman King of the Gypsies". Maxim. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 78 (40): 18. 1966. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Staff Lists: The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s". Pitchfork. 2006-08-14. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
- "Drake Bell - Sunny Afternoon & Interview On The Ring Master". YouTube. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
- 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
"Paperback Writer" by The Beatles
|UK number one single
7 July 1966 for two weeks
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