Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks | The story behind the song – Music Feature

The Kinks

Growing up I listened to alot of songs by Abba, Elvis, The Beatles, Elton John, besides Oasis, Radiohead, Manic Street preachers, Alanis Morissette to Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Steps, A1, REM, up to present day Ed Sheeran, Adele, Taylor Swift and many more artists from all genres.

The Kinks, R.E.M, Coldplay are bands who for me are also musically influential as a guitarist.

Formed as a rhythm-and-blues band in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, the Kinks originated in Muswell Hill in northern London.

There biggest five hits were “All Day and All of the Night”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Lola”, “Waterloo Sunset”, and “You Really Got Me” which made the band stars and set the template for almost every hard rock band that formed over the next decade (and then some).

One morning in February 1967, Ray Davies rolled out of bed in his little semi-detached house in North London, and there was a song waiting for him. “Waterloo Sunset came to me in a dream,” Davies tells Classic Rock. “I woke up and it was there.”

But the song that turned into one the signature hits of his band The Kinks, and an enduring anthem of London began as a love letter to a different city altogether.

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