On June 3rd, 1970, Ray Davies flew from New York to London to re-record one word in The Kinks‘ “Lola.” Due to a BBC policy barring commercial references in songs, “Coca-Cola” had to be sung as “cherry cola” in order to receive airplay. The song was huge for the Kinks making it to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ray Davies wrote “Lola” after his manager unknowingly went home with a man he thought was a woman at a club in Paris. Davies tells us the subject had interested him for a long time. Here is Ray Davies:

 

“Sexual ambiguity interests me, because so much, like, the generation particularly before mine — the John Wayne idea of masculinity — has always fascinated me. Y’know, why do people have to be forced to be like that? At school I was great at sport, I was a boxer, and I was really good at art. I was neither one or the other, I guess.  I mean, it’s just the way I am. But there are a lot of people who’re kind of trapped, I guess, and you have to be a certain way.”

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