It's a big year for musical anniversaries – The Doors' first album, Sergeant Pepper, The Velvet Underground & Nico (to name but three) all celebrate their 50th birthday this year.
The Kinks' Waterloo Sunset was released 50 years ago this month. That's the big one for me. I think it's the finest of all pop songs from any era.
It's on my mind today for two reasons. The excellent BBC Radio 4 show Soul Music – which looks at music and its impact on our lives – put Waterloo Sunset centre stage this morning. I was also delighted to see that it set the song trending on Twitter.
You can listen to the show here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/
And if you follow the link, you can listen to, and download all the other episodes too. You'll find insightful, moving and inspirational listening on a fabulously diverse range of music. Among my favourites episodes are those on Lilly Marlene, Brothers In Arms, Gresford (The Miners’ Hymn), Myfanwy, Nimrod, Mr Blue Sky, Sukiyaki and Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor.
I was recommending Soul Music to a friend just last night and I closed the email with the following line:
"Such a varied programme but be warned: some of them will have you in tears!"
Heed the warning: Soul Music is a highly addictive programme and often very moving. The episode on Waterloo Sunset is no exception.
In the meantime, here's a Waterloo sunset…
And here's the Waterloo Sunset…
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