Sunny South Kensington (Donovan)

10 DECEMBER 1966


The B-side to Donovan's hit single 'Mellow Yellow' in the US was 'Sunny South Kensington', a song good enough to possibly warrant the record being a double A-side. In fact, as good as 'Mellow Yellow' was, it could be argued this was the better of the two songs here. With a rhythm that is quite reminiscent of 'Sunshine Superman', it paints a name-dropping picture of the hippy, trippy mid-'60s scene in the London district around Portobella and Cromwell Road (Jean-Paul BelmondoMary Quant and Allan Ginsberg get a mention). As Donovan says in the song, it was indeed 'a groovy place to live'.

Sunny South Kensington (Donovan)