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All Day and All of the Night

"All Day and All of the Night"
Kinks AllDay.jpg
French EP picture sleeve
Single by the Kinks
"I Gotta Move"
  • 23 October 1964 (1964-10-23) (UK)
  • 9 December 1964 (1964-12-09) (US)
Recorded23 September 1964
StudioPye (No. 2), London
Ray Davies
Shel Talmy
The Kinks singles chronology
"You Really Got Me"
"All Day and All of the Night"
"Tired of Waiting for You"

"All Day and All of the Night" is a song by the English rock band the Kinks from 1964. Released as a single, it reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart[5] and No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.[6] The song was included on the Kinksize Hits EP in the UK and the Kinks' second American album, Kinks-Size (1965).


Like their previous hit "You Really Got Me", the song is based on a power chord riff. Both songs are similar in beat and structure, with similar background vocals, progressions, and guitar solos.

Dave Davies claimed that the song was where he "found his voice":

I liked the guitar sound on "All Day And All of the Night", the second single we had. When they tried to develop amplifiers that had pre-gain and all, I thought it wasn't quite right, and I struggled with the sound for a while. I never liked Marshalls, because they sounded like everybody else. Then in the mid '70s I started using Peavey, and people said, "Nobody uses Peavey – country and western bands use them" [laughs]. I used to blow them up every night. I used two Peavey Maces together, and it was brilliant.[7]

Jimmy Page may have appeared on the single's B-side, "I Gotta Move", which gives credits as "possibly Jimmy Page acoustic 12 string guitar, else Ray Davies".[8]

"Hello, I Love You" controversies

Similarities between the song and the Doors' 1968 song, "Hello, I Love You" have been pointed out. Ray Davies said on the topic: "My publisher wanted to sue. I was unwilling to do that. I think they cut a deal somewhere, but I don't know the details."[9] Dave Davies added: "That one is the most irritating of all of all of them... I did a show where I played 'All Day and All of the Night' and stuck in a piece of 'Hello, I Love You'. There was some response, there were a few smiles. But I've never understood why nobody's ever said anything about it. You can't say anything about the Doors. You're not allowed to."[10]

In the liner notes to the Doors Box set, Robby Krieger has denied the allegations that the song's musical structure was stolen from Ray Davies. Instead, he said the song's vibe was taken from Cream's song "Sunshine of Your Love". According to the Doors biography No One Here Gets Out Alive, courts in the UK determined in favour of Davies and any royalties for the song are paid to him.[11]

"I Gotta Move"

Originally released exclusively as a B-side to "All Day and All of the Night", "I Gotta Move" has been described as indicative of the Kinks' "early love of the blues", and a "frenetic lost gem."[12][13]

Charts and certifications

The Stranglers version

The Stranglers recorded a cover in 1988, reaching No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart.[21]


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  2. ^ Stiernberg, Bonnie. "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Brackett, David (2000). Interpreting Popular Music. University of California Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-5202-2541-1.
  4. ^ Gewen, Barry (5 March 2008). "Ray Davies, Rock Poet?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "The Kinks Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ Resnicoff, Matt (March 1990). "Dave Davies - Out of the Survivors". Guitar Player. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Picture Book boxset (booklet). The Kinks. Sanctuary Records. 2008.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ Greene, Andy (27 November 2014). "Ray Davies: 'If We Do a Kinks Show, We're the Kinks'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ Resnicoff, Buddy (30 April 1997). "Loyal Pains: The Davies Boys Are Still at It". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Deevoy, Adrian (11 May 2017). "The Kinks' Ray Davies: Brexit is 'bigger than the Berlin Wall'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ Fleiner, Carey (2017). The Kinks: A Thoroughly English Phenomenon. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-4422-3542-7.
  13. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2001). All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-0-87930-627-4.
  14. ^ " - The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5612." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  16. ^ " - The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - week 1, 1965" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  18. ^ " - The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  19. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles - Week ending DECEMBER 5, 1964". Cash Box. 5 December 1964. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012.
  20. ^ "British single certifications - Kinks - All Day and All of the Night". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type All Day and All of the Night in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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