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Sunny Afternoon
by The Kinks
A great mellow wind-down from one of my favourite Sixties acts, and consummate writing skills as usual from Ray Davies in this celebration of the British after-church Sunday relaxation. (Let's face it - one of the only things open on a Sunday in Britain during those strict religious observance days was your own back garden, or a friend's.)

Of course, the song did have a darker side. Lack of money to do anything other than chill out, because "the taxman's taken all my dough" - "and I can't sail my yacht, he's taken everything I've got". Or so it seemed.

When you examined the lyrics more closely, it became a real suspicion that Ray was actually publicly bemoaning the exorbitant cost of being a high earner in the UK. British Governments of the time had (and still do have) a tendency to grab the vast majority of wealth honestly-earned by musicians - sometimes as much as 98% of their income, back in the day!

I ended up thankful I never had aspirations to earn a lot like that. Yeah, right.....

'The Kinks':
:: Brothers Ray and Dave Davies were the 7th and 8th children in their family - and the first six were girls. Some say this explains in some way their frequent animosity towards each other. ...
:: Early suggestions for group names included 'The Ravens' and 'The Bo Weevils', but they settled on their final choice after having often heard the word "kinky" being used in the British TV spy show "The Avengers". ...
:: Members of 'The Kinks', led by Ray Davies, wrote one of the first ever 'rock' operas in 1969 (marginally ahead of "Tommy" by 'The Who') - it was called "Arthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire". It was eminently more obscure than the masterpiece by 'The Who', and was quickly forgotten about.

In #1966 :
:: An earthquake in the magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale destroyed most of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 26th this year. ...
:: Emerging 'folk-pop' exponent Bob Dylan was hurt in motorcycle accident near his home in Woodstock, New York, on July 29th. Thankfully, he made a full recovery after wrecking his beloved 1964 Triumph T100 machine on Striebel Road. ...
:: Bechuanaland gained independence from Britain on what became the National Day of Botswana (its new name) - September 30th 1966.

US: No. 14 - UK: No. 1 (also top of the charts in Ireland, Canada and the Netherlands)
1966 - Pye - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 17th October 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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