Black and Blue is the thirteenth studio album (fifteenth American album) by The Rolling Stones, released in 1976. It is their first studio album with Ronnie Wood of the Faces (He replaced Mick Taylor, who had quit at the end of 1974), although he didn't appear on much of it (not unlike his predecessor on Let It Bleed), and didn't became an official member of the band until just before release. Guitarists Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel (the latter a member of Canned Heat) also appeared on much of the record, and Keith Richards later said of the album "Rehearsing guitar players, that's what that one was about".
The ballad "Fool to Cry" was a major hit single for this album, and remains a fan favourite.
- "Hot Stuff" (5:20)
- "Hand of Fate" (4:28)
- "Cherry Oh Baby" (3:57)
- "Memory Motel" (7:07)
- "Hey Negrita" (4:59)
- "Melody" (5:47)
- "Fool to Cry" (5:03)
- "Crazy Mama" (4:34)
- Mick Jagger - lead vocals, guitar, percussion, piano
- Keith Richards - guitar, backing and co-lead vocals, piano, bass
- Charlie Watts - drums, percussion
- Ronnie Wood - guitar, vocals
- Bill Wyman - bass, percussion
- Alliterative Title: "Black and Blue" and "Memory Motel".
- Bedroom Adultery Scene: "Melody"Open up, baby, you got someone else insideI'm going to come get you dead or alive
- Belief Makes You Stupid: "Crazy Mama"Well, your old time religion us just a superstition
- Break Up Song: "Melody"Then one day she left meShe took everything that movedMy car, she took my trailer homeShe took my Sunday boots
- Cover Version: "Cherry Oh Baby", a cover of reggae artist Eric Donaldson's 1971 song.
- Epic Rocking: The 7:07 "Memory Motel".
- Face on the Cover: A close-up of Mick, Bill and Keith's face, with Ronnie and Charlie on the back cover.
- Funk: "Hot Stuff".
- Gratuitous Spanish: "Hey, Negrita"Come si chiama, what's your game?I'm just a poor man, what's your name?Shake your body, do it up nowShake body, move it up, nowHey, Negrita, hey nowHey conchita, shake it up nowBate las caderas, do it up now
- Heavy Meta: "Hot Stuff""Cause music is what I wantTo keep my body always movingYeah, shake it up, hot stuffEveryday I get another doseI can't stand it when the music stopsHot stuff
- Intercourse with You: "Memory Hotel", where the protagonist spends a "lonely night" with a certain Hannah:She took my guitar and she began to playShe sang a song to meStuck right in my brainYou're just a memory of a loveThat used to beYou're just a memory of a loveThat used to mean so much to me
- Malicious Slander: "Crazy Mama"You can scandalize me, scorn my nameYou can steal my money and that don't mean a dog-gone thing
- Manly Tears: "Memory Motel"I hit the bottle and hit the sack and cried
- Murder Ballad:
I killed a man, I'm highway bound
- "Hand Of Fate".
And cold blood murderMake me want to draw the lineWell your crazy mamaWith your ball and chainPlain psychotic, plain insaneIf you don't think I'm gonna do itJust wait for the thud of the bullet
- "Crazy Mama"
I'm going to catch her by surpriseThen I'm going to have the pleasure to roast that child alive
- New Sound Album: With touches of jazz, funk and reggae. This is partly because they were essentially auditioning guitar players on this record.
- One-Woman Song: "Hey Negrita" and "Crazy Mama".
- One-Word Title: "Melody"
- Outlaw: "Hand Of Fate"I'm on the run, I hear the houndsMy luck is up, my chips are downSo goodby baby, so long nowWish me luck, I'm going to need it, child
- Pep-Talk Song: "Fool To Cry"Daddy, you're a fool to cryYou're a fool to cry and it makes me wonder why
- The Power of Rock: "Hot Stuff"Music makes you forget all your troubleMake you sing and make you tell the whole wide world: "So what? Hot stuff
- Reggae: This was the first album where the band experimented with reggae music.
- Rule of Seven: "Memory Hotel"On the seventh day my eyes were all a glaze
- Shout-Out: In Rage (1977) by Stephen King, "Hot Stuff" is played at a party.
- Special Guest: Billy Preston played along on this album.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Keith Richards sings co-lead vocals on "Memory Motel".
- The Stoic: Mick Jagger and especially Bill Wyman on the album cover.