100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. Paint It Black- The Rolling Stones. Paint It Black released in the US as a single in May 1966- became the 3rd #1 hit in the US for The Rolling Stones. By this time they were superstars this being their 5th Top 10 hit in a row. Written by the team of Mick Jagger-Keith RIchards- bassist Bill Wyman over the years has been critical of Mick and Keith hogging the songwriting credit on this- because the song came from a studio improvisation of Brian Jones, Charlie Watts and Wyman. The song has Brian Jones on the sitar and has Indian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European influences. Jones a multi- instrumentalist-who died in 1969- has over the years been ‘written out of’ The Rolling Stones story by Mick and Keith- the survivors- but the influence of Jones was very big up until his demise. Mick Jagger has called ‘Paint It Black’ a kind of Turkish song. In 2018 It made the Grammy Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #213 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. There have been over 400 cover versions of Paint It Black.
- Single: ‘Paint It Black- The Rolling Stones
- Record Company- London
- Genre: Rock
- Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
- Time: 3:46
- B-side: ‘Stupid Girl’
- Album- Aftermath
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK.