The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
Simply 80's wishes to pay homage to one the most influential bands in Rock history, The Rolling Stones and specifically it's drummer...Charlie Watts. Sadness gripped the music world on Tuesday August 24, 2021 when we learned of the passing of this legendary drummer, many whom consider one of the most influential in history.
Originally trained as a graphic artist, Watts developed an interest in jazz at a young age, and joined the band Blues Incorporated. He also started playing drums in London's rhythm and blues clubs, where he met future bandmates Jagger, Richards and Brian Jones. In January 1963, he left Blues Incorporated and joined the Rolling Stones as drummer, while doubling as designer of their record sleeves and tour stages. Watts's first public appearance as a permanent member was in February 1963, and he remained with the group until his death 58 years later.
Simply 80's selected "Paint It Black" as it truly reflects the remorse and sadness that is felt by this loss. The lyric, "No colors anymore I want them to turn black", best represents this emotion.
"Paint It Black" is a song recorded by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is an up tempo song with Indian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European influences and features a sitar part played by multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones. The lyrics are about grief and loss. London Records released the song as a single on 7 May 1966 in the United States; Decca Records released it on 13 May in the United Kingdom. London Records included it as the opening track on the American version of the band's 1966 studio album Aftermath.
Reviews at the time were mixed and some music critics believed its sitar sound was an attempt to copy the Beatles. Retrospectively, critics have considered "Paint It Black" more favorably, and Rolling Stone has ranked it one of the greatest songs of all time. A chart success for the Stones, the song spent eleven weeks – including two at number one – on the US Billboard Hot 100, and spent 10 weeks – including one atop the chart – on the Record Retailer chart in the UK. "Paint It Black" spent an 11 weeks in the UK Singles Chart in 2007. It was their third number-one single in the US and sixth in the UK. The song also topped charts in Canada and the Netherlands. It received a platinum certification in the UK from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and gold from Italy's Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (FIMI).
Since its initial release, particularly in the UK, where it has charted on two other occasions, the song remains notable as the first number one hit featuring a sitar. Many artists have covered "Paint It Black"; it is included on compilation albums, and appeared on various film soundtracks. The Rolling Stones have included the song on their set lists on multiple tours. The record was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.
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