The song “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks is perfect Sixties British Invasion music. This wry song, written by group member Ray Davies, was released as a single and as a track on The Kinks’s 1966 album Face to Face. Davies said that he did not want people to sympathize with the narrator of the song, so he made him into a sort of fallen, “lazing” aristocrat “who perhaps had not been nice to his girlfriend. And, in 1966, “Sunny Afternoon” went to #1 in the U.K, Ireland, Canada, and The Netherlands. It rose to #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #2 in New Zealand and Sweden, and #7 in Germany.
The Kinks formed in London, England, in 1963, and were part of the British Invasion of the U.S. Group members for “Sunny Afternoon” were Ray Davids (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mellotron), Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals), Pete Qaife (bass guitar, backing vocals) Mick Avory (drums percussion). Session musician Nicky Hopkins was on keyboards (harmonium on this song). They had numerous lineup changes over the years and toured and performed for many decades.