The Stones definitive signature song became their first No.1 hit in the United States
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” peaks to No.1 at the U.S Hot 100 in the Summer of 1965
The Rolling Stones are one of the few bands that can have a signature song per year, but from all the songs in their career, there’s still unanimity in what is considered their overall signatures song, and that is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, 1965 single gave The Rolling Stones their 4th U.K No. 1 on September 9th, 1965 (where the song initially was played only on pirate radio stations, because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive) and not less important, their first U.S No.1 when it peaked to the top of the Hot 100 on July 10, 1965. The rough famous riff of the song came to Keith Richards for the first time in the Fort Harrison Hotel, Florida while he was dreaming, the band recorded it first on Chess Studios, Chicago with Brian Jones on harmonica, The Stones lip-synched to a dub of this version the first time they debuted the song on the American music variety television program Shindig!. They re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff. Richards envisioned redoing the track later with a horn section playing the riff: “this was just a little sketch, because, to my mind, the fuzz tone was really there to denote what the horns would be doing.” The other Rolling Stones, as well as producer and manager Andrew Loog Oldham and sound engineer David Hassinger eventually outvoted Richards and Jagger so the track was selected for release as a single. On June 6th, 1965, it was released in the U.S market first, backed with “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man”. The song’s success boosted sales of the Gibson fuzzbox so that the entire available stock sold out by the end of 1965. Without knowing, the Stones helped to develop the second half of the 60’s Rock sonority as the fuzz guitar sound started to be used extensively by other bands during that period. “Satisfaction” held the number one spot on the Hot 100 in the U.S for four weeks and was only released outside the U.S later, when it did became a worldwide success and cemented The Rolling Stones as the distinguished force in Rock music and cultural influence.
Watch The Rolling Stones performing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” live in 1965
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