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“Hotel California” released by The Eagles

The Eagles released “Hotel California” on December 8th, 1976 and now it is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time and also one of the biggest selling. However prior to recording “Hotel California” The Eagles found themselves in a strange place.
“Hotel California” was the first the band made without founding member Bernie Leadon, he was replaced by Joe Walsh after resigning by pouring beer over Glenn Frey in late 1975. They were also recording while touring and, contrary to their carefully crafted laid-back image, driving themselves into the ground with their back breaking schedule and in-fighting.

Bruce Springsteen Releases Wild Innocent E Street Shuffle

“The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle” released by Bruce Springsteen

September 11th, 1973, and Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band release their second album, “The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle”, to great critical acclaim. However barely anyone noticed, especially those at his label, CBS Records. A short 8 months after Bruce Springsteen’s first album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”, had been a priority release for CBS Records he was now bottom of the pile and was rumored to be in danger of losing his contract.

The Rolling Stones Release “Exile on Main Street”

The Rolling Stones released Exile On Main Street in May 1972, having been preceded by the Top 10 hit “Tumbling Dice”. Exile On Main Street was an immediate commercial success, hitting #1 worldwide just as The Rolling Stones embarked on their famed 1972 American Tour, their first in the U.S. in three years, and during which they played many songs from Exile On Main Street.

Mick Jagger Marries Bianca Macias in St Tropez

On May 12th, 1971, Mick Jagger and Bianca Macias tie the knot in a Roman Catholic ceremony at St. Anne’s Church in St. Tropez in the south of France. Mick Jagger had been studying Catholicism with the pastor of St. Anne’s, Abbe Lucien Baud so they could have an altar wedding after the civil ceremony. With the sun shining on the Cote d’Azur, it all looked like everything was set for the perfect wedding, but this was The Rolling Stones…

The Rolling Stones become Tax Exiles

The Rolling Stones should have been rolling in money, Sticky Fingers had recently been released and was to be the biggest selling Rolling Stones album. They had also just signed a new record deal with Atlantic Records for a large fee.

However by April 5th, 1971, British taxes were due and The Rolling Stones owed taxes…..a lot of them!

The Rolling Stones release “Let It Bleed”

The Rolling Stones released Let It Bleed on November 28th, 1969. Although The Rolling Stones had begun the recording of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in May 1968, before Beggars Banquet had been released, recording for Let It Bleed began in earnest in February 1969 and would continue sporadically until November.
During the recording founding member, Brian Jones left and tragically died soon after. He was replaced by 20-year-old Mick Taylor. Upon release Let It Bleed made it to number 3 on the Billboard charts and in the UK it hit the number 1 spot on the album chart. Let It Bleed went on to go Double Platinum in the USA.

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