Produced by Shel Talmy and written by famed songwriter Ray Davies, the tune comments on the high levels of progressive tax being virtually stolen from the British Labour government of Harold Wilson. It was recorded at Pye Studios in London, England.
‘Sunny Afternoon’ was released as a single on June 3, 1966, reaching No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. In America, it landed at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.