Where Have All the Good Times Gone

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"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
Where Have All the Good Times Gone cover.jpg
Single by the Kinks
from the album The Kink Kontroversy
A-side"Till the End of the Day"
  • 19 November 1965 (1965-11-19) (UK)
  • 2 March 1966 (US)
Format7-inch single
Recorded23–30 October 1965
StudioPye (No. 2), London
Songwriter(s)Ray Davies
Producer(s)Shel Talmy
The Kinks UK singles chronology
"See My Friends"
"Till the End of the Day" / "Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
"Dedicated Follower of Fashion"
The Kinks US singles chronology
"A Well Respected Man"
"Till the End of the Day" / "Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
"Dedicated Follower of Fashion"

"Where Have All the Good Times Gone" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by the Kinks. It was released as the B-side to "Till the End of the Day,"[1] and then on their album The Kink Kontroversy (1965 UK, 1966 US).

Ray Davies said, "We'd been rehearsing 'Where Have All the Good Times Gone' and our tour manager at the time, who was a lot older than us, said, 'That's a song a 40-year-old would write. I don't know where you get that from.' But I was taking inspiration from older people around me. I'd been watching them in the pubs, talking about taxes and job opportunities."[2]

The song has since gained "classic" status and featured on numerous compilations. Pye Records released the track as a single in November 1973 (Pye 7N 45313 b/w "Lola"); this re-release failed to chart. Although the Kinks had performed the song live on the TV show 'Ready Steady Go' in 1965, it would not become a staple of their live shows until the 1970s.

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  1. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/kinks-10-greatest-songs/7-have-good-times-gone-1966/
  2. ^ Hasted, Nick (2011). You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-84938-660-9.
  3. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/kinks-10-greatest-songs/7-have-good-times-gone-1966/
  4. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/kinks-10-greatest-songs/7-have-good-times-gone-1966/

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