It Was 41 Years Ago Today: Ronnie Wood's First Album with Stones Hits #1

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On May 15, 1976, the Rolling Stones were probably feeling pretty confident that their replacement for Mick Taylor — Ronnie Wood — was going to be just fine.

After all, on that date, their new album, Black and Blue, the first to feature Wood on a complete studio LP, stormed the U.S. charts to hit #1, fueled by the bona fide hit, "Fool to Cry." 

However, Wood's introduction into the "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" was a tad tentative. The majority of his contributions were background vocals on just half of the album's 12 songs. As Keith Richards once said, Black and Blue was predominantly about "rehearsing guitar players."

Other guitarists who joined the "rehearsal process" included Harvey Mandel ("Hot Stuff," "Memory Motel") and Wayne Perkins ("Memory Hotel," "Hand of Fate," "Fool to Cry").

For his part, Wood played lead guitar on "Hey Negrita" and "Crazy Mama" (co-lead) and added some electric to "Cherry Oh Baby." You can hear his backing vocals on "Hot Stuff," "Hand of Fate," "Memory Motel," "Hey Negrita," and "Crazy Mama."

You can hear Woody's guitar contributions to Black and Blue below...