Ray Davies - lead singer of The Kinks

Ray Davies 

From the book The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night:
"I nearly died. I had a tracheotomy and the balloon burst. I was attached to a machine and I had a nightmare and pulled all the things out of my arms. Then two or three or four days later I couldn't speak for because of the operation. Two nurses wheeled me out to the balcony, where I could see the river Thames. it was just a very poetic moment for me. So [when I wrote 'Waterloo Sunset'] I thought about that time..."