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Album: Black And BlueReleased: 1976
The Memory Motel is in Montauk on Long Island. It's near The Church Estate, which Andy Warhol bought in 1972. Arthur Schneider, who owns the Memory Motel, told us that The Stones stayed at Warhol's estate when they were on tour in 1975-'76. (They were good friends with Warhol, who designed the Sticky Fingers album cover.) Since the Memory Motel was the only place in the area with a pool table and a piano, The Stones would occasionally come by and hang out at the bar. The owners at the time were not impressed - they hated The Stones.
It's widely speculated that "Hannah Honey" with the curled nose is none other than Carly Simon. Jagger had been romantically linked to Carly around this time, and her physical traits are eerily similar to the song's descriptions. One theory is that Simon wrote "You're So Vain
" after a one-night-stand with Jagger at The Memory Motel. Simon has never said who that song is about. (thanks, Justin - New York, NY)
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards duet on vocals. Richards did not play guitar on the track - a rarity.
With Mick Taylor gone, The Stones were auditioning lead guitarists while recording Black And Blue. Harvey Mandel from Canned Heat played lead on this while session man Wayne Perkins played acoustic, but Ron Wood eventually got the job.
Jagger played the acoustic piano, Richards the electric piano, and Billy Preston the synthesizer.
On their live album No Security, Dave Matthews duets with Jagger in place of Richards. Matthews joined The Stones onstage from time to time and also sang this with Jagger on a televised St. Louis concert in 1997. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)