The New York Naked Ukulele Ensemble — four guys this time — plays a ukulele version of the Kinks song, “Sunny Aternoon,” near Watch Hill on Fire Island, New York. You can see more of the Ensemble (no pun intended) at ukuleledisco.com – or with other performers live at the Ukulele Cabaret (ukulelecabaret.com).
“Sunny Afternoon” was written by Ray Davies of The Kinks. As with its contemporary, “Taxman” by The Beatles, it references the high levels of progressive tax taken by the British Labour government of Harold Wilson. The track later featured on the Kinks’ “FAce to Face” album and was the title track for the group’s 1967 compilation album.
Released as a single on June 3, 1966, “Sunny Afternoon” went to No. 1 on the UK singles charts on July 7, 1966, remaining there for two weeks. In the U.S., it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in early autumn 1966. “Sunny Afternoon” was placed at No. 200 on Pitchfork Media’s list of The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s.