Paint It Black History

The song began with Wyman playing organ at a recording session, in parody of the group’s former co-manager Eric Easton, who had been an organist. Charlie Watts accompanied the organ by playing a vaguely Middle Eastern drum part; Watts’ drum pattern became the basis for the final song. Brian Jones contributed the song’s signature sitar riff (having taught himself to play after a visit with George Harrison), and Jagger contributed to the lyrics, seemingly about a man mourning his dead girlfriend. More literally, it is about using the visual trick of painting everything black in the mind’s eye. Both electric and acoustic guitars and the background vocals are provided by Richards. The piano is played by Jack Nitzsche

via Paint It, Black – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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One response to “Paint It Black History

  • dborys

    An interesting note about the comma on the cover: “It was originally titled “Paint It Black” without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca.” Which makes no grammatical sense at all. Dumb record company.

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