The song marked a shift on the band’s sound from garage Rock to a baroque Pop direction
In 1966 The Kinks peak to No.1 with “Sunny Afternoon”
Written by Ray Davies, “Sunny Afternoon” was released initially on June 3, 1966, and marks a turning point on The Kinks sound and music, shifting from their earlier garage Rock that consisted on hard driven power chords, into a more melodic and pop direction featuring elements of baroque. The song was featured on their album “Face To Face” and on July 7, 1966 peaked to No.1 at the UK Singles charts. It remains one of The Kinks most popular and enduring songs along with others such as “All Day and All of the Night”, “You Really Got Me”, “Tired of Waiting for You”, “Picture Book”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Lola” and “Dead End Street”.
Watch The Kinks performing “Sunny Afternoon” live on A Whole Scene Going in 1966
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