May 6, 1965

May6On this day in 1965, Keith Richards was amusing himself with his guitar and his new Gibson “fuzz box” amplifier in a hotel room in Clearwater, Florida, and stumbled across a new riff that he couldn’t stop repeating.

Richards liked the riff so much that he popped on his tape recorder and played it over and over until he fell asleep. When he awakened the next day, he listened to the tape and found the full riff he was hoping for. . . along with 20 minutes of snoring. He quickly took the tape to Mick Jagger and the two sat pool side and started to write the hit song ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’.

The song is considered to be one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever recorded. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine put ‘Satisfaction’ in the second slot on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 2006, it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

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