December 27, 2018
The Rolling Stones topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the third time when “Paint It Black” reached number one on June 11, 1966, for a two week stay.
It was and remains one of the more ominous songs in their catalogue. What really made the song unique, hover, was the use of a sitar buy Brian Jones as the lead instrument. It was a fusion of western rock with eastern music.
Jagger and Richard were now producing more original material, which in turn would allow The Rolling Stones to assume the title of the world’s greatest rock and roll band.
December 20, 2011
The Rolling Stone of the mid-1960s had evolved from the rhythm & blue based band of their formation into a rock ‘n’ band. This change had elevated them to one of the world’s most popular bands, a position they would hold for decades. Fifty years years later they can still sell out stadiums and concert arenas.
“Paint It Black” was issued May 14, 1966 and spent two weeks as the number one single in the United States.
It remains a definitive song for the band as it it defined their personality at the time. It was an ominous slice of pure rock with Richards and Wyman combining on their guitars and Charlie Watts drums thundering as the foundation of the song.
It remains sixties rock ‘n’ roll at its best.