Lola

~ Song

Wikipedia

"Lola" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by English rock band the Kinks on their album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. The song details a romantic encounter between a young man and a possibly a transvestite, whom he meets in a club in Soho, London. In the song, the narrator describing his confusion towards a person named Lola who "walked like a woman and talked like a man". Although Ray Davies claims that the incident was inspired by a true encounter experienced by the band's manager, alternate explanations for the song have been spread by fans and drummer Mick Avory.

The song was released in the United Kingdom on June 12, 1970, while in the United States it was released on June 28, 1970. Commercially, the single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. However, due to its controversial subject matter and use of the brand name Coca-Cola, the single received backlash and even bans in Britain and Australia. Despite this, the track has since become one of The Kinks' most iconic and popular songs, later being ranked number 473 on the NME's "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" list.

Since its release, "Lola" has appeared on multiple compilation and live albums. In 1980, a live version of the song from the album One for the Road was released as a single in America and some European countries, becoming a minor hit. Other versions include live renditions from 1972's Everybody's in Show-Biz and 1996's To the Bone. The "Lola" character also made an appearance in the lyrics of the band's 1981 song, "Destroyer".

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Relationships

composer: Ray Davies (UK singer/songwriter, member of The Kinks)
lyricist: Ray Davies (UK singer/songwriter, member of The Kinks)
SecondHandSongs: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/23172 [info]
Songfacts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1158 [info]
Wikidata: Q2706015 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Lola (song) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Kinks:Lola [info]
later parody versions: Yoda

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1972-03 Lola (live, 1972-03: Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY, USA)live The Kinks
1974 Lola (In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)live The Kinks
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Medley: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours / Lady D'Arbanville / Lolacover, instrumental and medley Franz Lambert