Song of the Day: The Kinks – “Lola”

On this day in 1970, Ray Davies of the Kinks was forced to fly 6,000 miles roundtrip from New York to London to make a change to his song “Lola.” The BBC wouldn’t let the song on the air with the word Coca-Cola in it due to advertising restrictions, so Davies substituted in “Cherry Cola.” The song, which is of course about a man who goes home with a woman only to discover she’s a man, went on to be a smash and one of the band’s most popular songs. There are multiple claims about what the inspiration is for this song, although Davies has said on multiple occasions it’s based on an interaction his manager had with a transgender woman. The song hit No. 1 in five countries and reached No. 2 in the U.K. and No. 9 in the U.S.

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