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The Rolling Stones Hit Keith Richards ‘Couldn’t Stand’

Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performing during the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park in London. Picture date: Saturday June 25, 2022. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

“Satisfaction” is the Rolling Stones’ signature hit – mostly due to Keith Richards’ iconic guitar riff.  But Richards himself wasn’t a fan of the song at first.

Mick Jagger once told the story of writing “Satisfaction” with Richards in a Florida hotel room.

He said “(Manager) Andrew Oldham said, ‘This is like a number one single, this is great!’ Keith was like, ‘I don’t really like it. It can’t come out as a single.’ And it went to No 1 like instantly.

Richards also famously wrote the guitar riff in his sleep, waking up briefly to play it on a tape recorder before falling back asleep.

What is it about “Satisfaction” that makes it such an enduring hit?  Is it the lyrics or the riff?



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