The Charles Kingsley Creation: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 8, 2021

276) The Charles Kingsley Creation — “Summer Without Sun”

Joe Meek produced this wonderful Merseybeat ballad by Welsh brothers Charles and Kingsley Ward. If the November ’65 A-side were written and released a year or two earlier, I’m sure it would have been a big hit in the UK and the U.S. However, everything probably worked out for the best, as after the single flopped, the brothers converted part of their farm into the fabled Rockfield residential recording studios, and the rest (Dave Edmunds, Oasis, Stone Roses . . .) is rock history.

“At the start of the year I waited here, I thought my love would come. But as time goes by I knew that I must be a lonely one. My spirit broken down, I cannot walk or run, cause it’s been a long, long, long, long, long, long summer without sun.”

Here is a trailer for the Rockfield Studio documentary:

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