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 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'.

A-side: 'Mellow Yellow' (USA) 
Recorded: October 1966
Released: 24 October 1966 (USA), February 1967 (UK)
Highest chart position: #8 (UK), #2 (US) 
Length: 3:42
Label: Epic 5-10098; Pye 7N 17267 
Writer: Donovan
Producer: Mickie Most

Sunny South Kensington (Donovan)

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