On April 23rd, 1976 – on the fifth year anniversary of the release of Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones released their 13th studio album – Black and Blue. Recording of the album began in December 1974 in Munich, Germany and is noteworthy as a string of guitarists - including Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel and Ron Wood – joined the sessions, all looking to replace the recently departed Mick Taylor. As we know “Woodie” passed the audition.
The album is “funkier” than its predecessors, more than likely due to keyboardist Billy Preston’s influence and includes Hey Negrita, Hot Stuff, Melody and Cherry Oh Baby – the more standard sounding Stones tune Hand of Fate – the single Fool to Cry – and the classic ballad Memory Motel.
Being a Stones album its release included some controversy, specifically a Sunset Blvd. billboard depicting model Anita Russell, bruised and bound by Mick Jagger under the phrase "I'm Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones — and I love it!". After making headlines for pissing off feminists groups’ and thus gaining the most likely planned on free publicity, the billboard was then quietly removed.
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