Paint It Black, The Rolling Stones, 6/11/66, 2 weeks at #1
Riffage 8, Rhythm 8, Fills 4, Solo 0; Total 20
A #1 song in a minor key—mark your calendar!
This song forces upon us the question: is a sitar a guitar? For our purposes, we will say YES. Brian Jones’ sitar provides the oh-so-cool minor riff, and Keith provides the acoustic strumming and electric rhythm/fill work.
The above is an excerpt from Volume 3 of “Number One with an AXE!”, a song-by-song look at the guitar’s role in all of America’s #1 Billboard hits.