The Kinks

John Dalton • Ready Steady Go! • June 24, 1966


Rehearsals, Rediffusion Television Studios, Studio 1, Wembley, north-west London

ATV's Ready Steady Go! – Broadcast live, 6:07-6:35pm

DISC and Music Echo • June 18, 1966

The Story

The Kinks, featuring temporary bassist John Dalton, appear on this week's Ready Steady Go! with live performances of the group's latest single, 'Sunny Afternoon,' along with the as-yet-unreleased Ray Davies composition, 'Dandy.' 'Sunny Afternoon' will soon push The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer' from the top spot, reaching No. 1 for the week ending July 13. 'Dandy' will become a top-5 US hit for Herman's Hermits in September.

Following a gig in Morecambe on June 3, Kinks bassist Pete Quaife sustains injuries in a road accident involving the group's equipment van. Seeking a respite from the tense, familial atmosphere surrounding the band, Quaife stayed behind to help roadie Peter "Jonah" Jones load the van and accompany him on the long drive back to London while the rest of the group returned by limousine. En route, Jones falls asleep and crashes into a stationary truck along the M6 near Lymm, Cheshire. Quaife escapes with a broken foot and scalp lacerations, while Jones is thrown through the windscreen, suffering a fractured pelvis and head injuries.

Despite having left the music business entirely for a more stable career in the building trade (variously reported as bricklayer or coalman), Dalton, a former member of The Mark Four (who've since changed their name to The Creation), passes a hastily arranged audition on June 9 and gamely appears in place of Quaife that same evening on Top of the Pops.

Doctors initially set Quaife's recovery time at six weeks. However, by early August, the bassist is residing comfortably in Copenhagen with his girlfriend, Anette Paustian, the daughter of a wealthy Dutch businessman. On September 11, Quaife gives notice that he is leaving The Kinks. He intends to remain in Copenhagen with Paustian and announces his decision to leave the Pop business for a career as a commercial artist. Dalton is hired as a permanent member of The Kinks the following day.

Quaife formally signs his resignation from The Kinks and Kinks Productions Ltd. on September 30 but soon reconsiders. (Kinks manager) Greenville Collins informs Dalton of the prodigal Quaife's official return on November 10. After spending nearly six months in a high-profile pop group, Dalton suddenly finds himself reunited with his former job in the building trade, where he remains until being asked to rejoin The Kinks following Quaife's final departure in April 1969.

Also appearing on this week’s Ready Steady Go!: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Norma Tanega, Tom Jones, Dave Berry, and an interview with former Yardbirds bassist, Paul Samwell-Smith

Photograph by Tony Gale

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