Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy

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"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy cover.jpg
Single by The Kinks
B-side "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (R. Davies)
Released 19 March 1965 (UK)
21 July 1965 (US)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 22–23 December 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Genre Rock
Label Pye 7N 15813 (UK)
Reprise 0366 (US)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
The Kinks singles chronology
"Tired of Waiting for You"
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
"Set Me Free"

"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.[1] 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.



  1. ^ Kinks in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved 6 June 2014.

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