On this day in music history: July 10, 1965 – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is the first US chart topping single for legendary British rock band. Keith Richards comes up the songs main riff in a motel room in Clearwater, FL when he has trouble getting to sleep. He records the riff on a portable cassette recorder, then drifts off to sleep. The next day he plays the tape for Jagger who immediately comes up with the title and begin writing lyrics. The band record the song at RCA Studios in Hollywood on May 12, 1965. The crowning touch on the song is provided by Keith Richards, with a newly acquired Gibson Maestro Fuzz pedal he buys at Wallichs Music City up the street from the studio just before the session. Richards had initially envisioned the famed fuzz toned riff to be played by a horn section, which had been inspired by Martha & The Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Street”. Released in late May of 1965, it quickly becomes a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #67 on June 5, 1965, it shoots to the top of the chart five weeks later. “Satisfaction” is regarded as one of the greatest and most popular rock songs of all time. The single is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998, and is also added to the National Recording Registry by The Library Of Congress in 2006. One of The Rolling Stones most widely covered songs, “Satisfaction” is also recorded by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis , and Britney Spears. In 1977, Devo records a radically revamped version, completely changing the songs original time signature and tempo. The band re-record it for their debut album, when they are signed to Warner Bros. Records. The Rolling Stones original version is reissued as a limited edition, numbered (up to 14,000 copies) 12" single on July 10, 2015, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the single hitting number one on the US singles chart. It comes packaged in a picture jacket replicating the artwork used on the rare original US 45 picture sleeve. The vinyl also uses the vintage US London orange and white label (used on promotional copies), and features the original mono mixes of “Satisfaction” and the singles US and UK B-sides “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” and “The Spider And The Fly”. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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