The KINKS – ” Waterloo Sunset ” 50 Years Ago Today

Posted: May 8, 2017 in MUSIC
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Fifty years ago on the 5th May 1967) The Kinks, led by singer/songwriter Ray Davies who as a great observer of daily life and an eloquent storyteller – released one of their most famous songs with Waterloo Sunset.  It was released as a single in 1967, and featured on their album “Something Else By The Kinks” . The record reached number 2 on the British charts in mid 1967 (it failed to dislodge the Tremeloes  “Silence Is Golden” from the number 1 position).

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Years later, in 2010, Ray Davies revealed this secret: “Liverpool is my favourite city, and the song was originally called ‘Liverpool Sunset’. I was inspired by Merseybeat. I’d fallen in love with Liverpool by that point. On every tour, that was the best reception. We played The Cavern, all those old places, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I had
a load of mates in bands up there, and that sound – not The Beatles but Merseybeat – that was unbelievable. It used to inspire me every time. So I wrote ‘Liverpool Sunset’. Later it got changed to ‘Waterloo Sunset’, but there’s still that play on words with Waterloo. London was home, I’d grown up there, but I like to think I could be an adopted Scouser. My heart is definitely there…”Now it’s time to dream away…

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