Sunny Afternoon – by The New York Naked Ukulele Ensemble

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Fire Island sunset

Fire Island sunset (Photo credit: Lunar Camel Co.)

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 – or with other performers live at the Ukulele Cabaret (

Fire Island, New York, US, Location Map

Fire Island, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“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.

Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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PuffMac says:

What a stupid idea

blown22 says:

Did he say “The taxman’s taken all my dough” or “The taxman’s taken all my clothes”?

KSchwab9 says:

OMG…that’s it, I’m calling the mother ship!

bribabytt says:

The guy on the far end wasn’t really playing his ukulele.

UkeTilUPuke says:

Awesome! You naked guys and your little instruments prove that size is NOT everything.

JBoyShyne says:

The New York Naked Ukulele Ensemble Rules!

marksized says:

You’ll have to get better g strings!!! Great fun.

hackdown3 says:

you guys are funny.

Soozeborg says:

Great stuff – looks a bit chilly.

nekkid1 says:

You guys are great…you should come to the Avalon Music Festival in August……you would be a hit!

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