All Day and All of the Night

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"All Day and All of the Night" is a song by the English rock band the Kinks from 1964. It reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart[5] and No. 7 on Billboard's United States chart in 1965.[6] The song was released on the American studio album Kinks-Size.

"All Day and All of the Night"
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French 7" EP
Single by the Kinks
from the album Kinks-Size
B-side"I Gotta Move"
  • 23 October 1964 (UK)
  • 9 December 1964 (US)
Format7" vinyl
Recorded23 September 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
  • Pye 7N 15714 (UK)
  • Reprise 0334 (US)
Songwriter(s)Ray Davies
Producer(s)Shel Talmy
The Kinks singles chronology
"You Really Got Me"
"All Day and All of the Night"
"Tired of Waiting for You"


Like their previous hit "You Really Got Me", the song relies on a simple sliding power chord riff, although this song's riff is slightly more complicated, incorporating a B Flat after the chords F and G. Otherwise, the recordings 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," saying, "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" controversiesEdit

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 said of this: "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]

EP track listingEdit

The song was also the title track of an extended play single in some territories and was not included on an album at the time of its release. In the UK, it was included on the Kinksize Hits EP. The track listing for the European EP was as follows:

Side 1

  1. "All Day and All of the Night" – 2:22
  2. "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" – 2:03

Side 2

  1. "I Gotta Move" – 2:25
  2. "Long Tall Shorty" – 2:40

Original UK EPEdit

Kinksize Hits

Side 1

  1. "You Really Got Me"
  2. "It's All Right"

Side 2

  1. "All Day and All of the Night"
  2. "I Gotta Move"

Pye NEP. 24 203, released 15 January 1965 (UK EP charts : #3)

Charts and certificationsEdit

The Stranglers versionEdit

The Stranglers recorded a cover in 1988, reaching No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart.[20]


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  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 29 March 2015.
  11. ^ Deevoy, Adrian (11 May 2017). "The Kinks' Ray Davies: Brexit is 'bigger than the Berlin Wall'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  13. ^ " – The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5612." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  15. ^ " – The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 1, 1965" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  17. ^ " – The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  18. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending DECEMBER 5, 1964". Cash Box. 5 December 1964. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Kinks – All Day and All of the Night". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 January 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.
  20. ^ 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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