James Taylor spent his late teens in psychiatric hospitals and rehab facilities -- but rang in his twenties at the feet of the Beatles. He’d been a troubled young songwriter with dim prospects in the real world, but raw talent with a guitar in his hand.
The Rolling Stones went back to basics as their creator faded away. Their seventh album, Beggars Banquet, released on this day (Dec. 7) in 1968, marked the beginning of the end for their founding guitarist, Brian Jones.
While Paul McCartney was still reeling from the Beatles’ breakup, he faced a much deeper scare. In September 1971, his wife, Linda, had gone into labor, only to suffer complications requiring an emergency C-section.