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See The Rolling Stones play powerful "Paint It Black" on Ed Sullivan Show in 1966

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones lead this exquisite live take on their 'Aftermath' single.

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In early 1966, the Rolling Stones released Aftermath. The album was a critical and commercial hit and marked a breakthrough moment for the British group as it was their first full album of original songs.

The U.S. edition of the record featured the stunning opening cut, “Paint It Black,” which was released as a single on May 7th, 1966. The song – co-written by singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards – is a dramatic, psychedelic exploration of mortality set to a driving rhythm, and droning, Middle Eastern-sounding phrases accented by late guitarist Brian Jones exquisite sitar playing.

That same year, the Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show where they unleashed a powerful, haunting version of “Paint It Black.” Watch that above.