Paint It Black (TWTYTW 1966)

Paint It Black” is a song recorded in 1966 by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. A product of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ songwriting partnership, it is an uptempo song with Indian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European influences and features lyrics 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 favourably, and Rolling Stone magazine 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. It was in the UK Singles Chart for 11 weeks in 2007. It was the band’s 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).

Many artists have covered “Paint It Black”; it is included on compilation albums, and appeared on film soundtracks. The Rolling Stones have played the song on several tours. The record was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.

I see a red door and I want it painted black.
No colours anymore, I want them to turn black.
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes…

I look inside myself and see my heart is black.
I see my red door and must have it painted black.
Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is black…

TWTYTW (1966) – Tracklist by “Jack the Goth”:



In 1966 the Major News Stories include Miranda Rights / Miranda warning becomes law in U.S. , the Worlds first vertical Jump Jet the Harrier is introduced, the English Channel Hovercraft service begins, China’s Cultural Revolution Begins, a Subway Strike in New York brings the City to a stop, Miniskirts are in fashion, Charles Whitman kills 14 and injures 31 on a killing spree at the University Of Texas, the US has nearly 500,000 troops in Vietnam, the Aberfan disaster in South Wales, and Vietnam War international days of protest.

In 1966 inflation grew as part of the effect to fund the war in Vietnam continued. Both the US and USSR continued in their space race to see who would be the first to land a man on the moon. Race riots continued to increase across cities in America and National Guards were needed to bring back law and order. The fashions in both America and UK came from a small well known street in London ( Carnaby Street ) part of the swinging London scene , both women and men wore patterned pants and flowered shirts and boots, shoes and even caps utilised the plastic and vinyl for a wet shiny look. The most popular groups included The “Beach Boys”, The “Rolling Stones”  and The “Beatles”.

Sonny & Cher – What Now My Love (Live on The Barbara McNair Show)


On July 30, Wembley Stadium witnessed the one and only time the Three Lions lifted soccer’s most coveted trophy, the World Cup.  But there was more to 1966 than England’s World Cup-winning exploits.

As the mini-skirt came into vogue, the Monkees and the Beach Boys were big in the pop charts, and the first TV episode of Star Trek was shown, it was a year of dramatic headlines. In other sporting news, Henry Cooper famously floored Muhammad Ali in their London title fight, only for the world heavyweight boxing champ to recover and beat a bleeding Cooper in round five.

As the Vietnam War raged, Britain managed to stay out of the conflict, although there was major trouble on the streets of London when an anti-war demonstration turned violent.  On the home front, the first credit card was launched this year, while the BBC broadcast in colour for the first time.

The Beatles who so dominated the decade’s pop culture hit the headlines when John Lennon claimed the band was bigger than Jesus while, in the same year, Lennon met Yoko Ono, a move which would eventually lead to the Fab Four’s demise.

But there was also the bleakest of news in ‘66.  When 144 people were killed in the Aberfan disaster, and Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley received life terms for the barbarically cruel killings of five youngsters, everything else was quietly put into perspective.

Frank Sinatra – Strangers in the Night (Live)


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