Day 163: Paint It, Black

Song: “Paint It, Black” by the Rolling Stones
Reached #1: June 11, 1966 (their third, 2 weeks)
Previously:  Day 64

Don’t forget the comma…

Of course, the comma is a small part of Stones history – Keith Richards says they wrote the song without the comma in the title, and Decca Records added it during production.  As with many things Stones, we can’t be sure if that’s accurate, or a drug-fueled hallucination…

The song is credited to Richards and Mick Jagger, but Bill Wyman says the whole group wrote it.  As with many things Stones, we can’t be sure if that’s accurate, or a drug-fueled hallucination…

Richards also said this was a comedy track at first, and it got serious while being recorded in the studio.  As with many things Stones, we can’t be sure if that’s accurate, or a drug-fueled hallucination…

We do know, without hallucinations, that this (and not a Beatles track) is the first sitar-based track to hit #1 in the USA.   It was technically the first single off Aftermath, but only in the USA, where the track was added to Aftermath after the song hit #1.  As with the Beatles, the Stones’ USA and UK album catalogs have no resemblance to each other…

Tomorrow, we go to the block.

Other songs that hit #1 on June 11:
1977 –
“I’m Your Boogie Man” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band (their fourth, 1 week)

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2 comments on “Day 163: Paint It, Black

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