Connections between P.F. Sloan and The Kinks
While making the Sloan-booklet I ran into some connections between P.F.
Sloan and The Kinks:
- The Turtles recorded no less than five Sloan-songs,
including the hit-singles "Let me be",
"You baby" and "Can I get to know you better, while Ray
Davies produced their LP "Turtle soup".
- The Chesterfield Kings (The Kings with a
"g") recorded five Kinks-songs on various LPs.
On their CD/2LP "Surfin' rampage" they
were also one of the few groups to cover three Sloan-songs
from the Fantastic Baggys period: "Anywhere
the girls are", "Summer means fun" and "Tell 'em I'm surfin'".
- Herman's Hermits recorded four Sloan-songs on the
soundtrack-LP "Hold on!", including the hit-single
"A must to avoid", while they also had a hit with Ray Davies'
The Danish pressing of "Dandy" even has the Sloan-song
"Hold on!" on the b-side!
- Speaking of Denmark: The Hitmakers,
a Danish 'pigtråd'-band from the sixties, issued
"Who'll be the next in line" and Sloan's "Where were you
when I needed you" on different singles.
- P. F. Sloan must have admired Kinks-guitarist
Dave Davies and Dave Davies admired P.F. Sloan.
In the intro of the Sloan-song "Anywhere the girls are" by The
Fantastic Baggys you can hear the riff
of the first Kinks-hit "You really got me", while the Sloan-song
"Drums a go go" by Hal Blaine is
similar to the second Kinks-hit "All day and all of the night".
And asked for his opinion about 'the folksong',
Dave Davies' answer in a 1965-interview in the Dutch magazine "Hitweek" was: "Phil Sloan is my big
- P.F. Sloan and Dave Davies even shared two song
titles: "She's my girl" and "Is it any wonder".
- Dawn Eden didn't only write the liner for The
Fantastic Baggys CD "Tell 'em I'm surfin' " and
solo-CD "Anthology", but also for the Velvel-reissue
of the Kinks-CD "Word of mouth".
- Andrew Sandoval, who wrote the liner notes for
the reissue-CD "Where were you when I needed you"
by The Grass Roots in 1994, played rhythm guitar during a Dave Davies-solo
tour in 1997 and was
one of the performers on a Harry Nilsson tribute concert in 1998 where
P.F. Sloan was another one!
Could it be all these connections between P.F. Sloan and The Kinks are
more than just a coincidence?
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