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Throwback: 'Satisfaction'

Today in 1965: The Stones' first No. 1 single


It was 52 years ago today that we were driving in our car, and a man came on the radio and played a new No. 1 single, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Here, to mark the anniversary of the first time a Rolling Stones single topped the charts, are some fun facts:

· Keith Richards woke up in a Florida hotel room with the song title and a three-note guitar riff in his head. He recorded it on a nearby tape deck and went back to bed.

· Richards hated the fuzzy guitar effect that became the song's signature. He wanted to replace it with a horn section.

· The musical genesis of "Satisfaction" can be traced back to two songs, according to Richards: The guitar lick reminds him of "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, while the title comes from Chuck Berry's "Thirty Days," which includes the line "I can't get no satisfaction from the judge."

· Mick Jagger wrote the rest of the lyrics, a dig at the commercialism he saw running rampant in the U.S.

· The Stones performed the song live for the first time on the ABC show "Shindig!" on May 20, 1965.

· The single was No. 1 for four weeks in the summer of '65, until it was overtaken by "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" by Herman's Hermits.

· "Satisfaction" was No. 2 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." It finished behind a record that was released just two months later in July 1965, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

· The B-side of the single was a song you probably haven't listened to lately: "The Under-Assistant West Coast Promotion Man."

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