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Published: 2009/03/06
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Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - 1971 - Top of The Pops - BBC UK.
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - 1971 - Top of The Pops - BBC UK.
Published: 2010/08/01
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The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Lyrics
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Lyrics
Published: 2012/05/30
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The Rolling Stones - BROWN SUGAR (ALTERNATE VERSION FEAT. ERIC CLAPTON) ft. Eric Clapton
The Rolling Stones - BROWN SUGAR (ALTERNATE VERSION FEAT. ERIC CLAPTON) ft. Eric Clapton
Published: 2015/06/02
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The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Havana Moon)
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Havana Moon)
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Published: 2011/06/28
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The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Live On Copacabana Beach
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Live On Copacabana Beach
Published: 2012/07/10
Channel: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Lyrics)
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Lyrics)
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: Fritzes007
Brown Sugar-The Rolling Stones (with lyrics)
Brown Sugar-The Rolling Stones (with lyrics)
Published: 2011/04/08
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Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (with Eric Clapton)
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (with Eric Clapton)
Published: 2008/08/16
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START ME UP/BROWN SUGAR -The Rolling Stones Song - by CORCOVADO FREQUENCY
START ME UP/BROWN SUGAR -The Rolling Stones Song - by CORCOVADO FREQUENCY
Published: 2012/06/07
Channel: Music Brokers
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
Published: 2010/03/24
Channel: sheepenthusiast
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Eric Clapton Version) Sticky Fingers Outtakes
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Eric Clapton Version) Sticky Fingers Outtakes
Published: 2014/11/15
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The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015)
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015)
Published: 2017/09/14
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Brown Sugar  - The Rolling Stones (Lyrics Karaoke) [ goodkaraokesongs.com ]
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones (Lyrics Karaoke) [ goodkaraokesongs.com ]
Published: 2016/07/16
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Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones - Guitar Lesson Tutorial - Open G tuning - Keith Richards
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones - Guitar Lesson Tutorial - Open G tuning - Keith Richards
Published: 2015/05/22
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Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones (Lyrics)
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones (Lyrics)
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Marcus Acton-Bond
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar/Tribute
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar/Tribute
Published: 2009/09/30
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The Rolling Stones - BROWN SUGAR 1975 Vs 1969 VERSION
The Rolling Stones - BROWN SUGAR 1975 Vs 1969 VERSION
Published: 2014/02/13
Channel: Anthony R.
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Karaoke)
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Karaoke)
Published: 2016/01/14
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Brown Sugar Guitar Lesson - The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar Guitar Lesson - The Rolling Stones
Published: 2016/04/03
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Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Brown Sugar"  Rolling Stones
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Brown Sugar" Rolling Stones
Published: 2014/12/03
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Rolling Stones # BROWN SUGAR (Version2) (Different Mick Taylor Lead Guitar)
Rolling Stones # BROWN SUGAR (Version2) (Different Mick Taylor Lead Guitar)
Published: 2016/10/15
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Brown Sugar (Part 1) - The Rolling Stones - Guitar
Brown Sugar (Part 1) - The Rolling Stones - Guitar
Published: 2013/01/11
Channel: Alfred Music Lessons
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (cover) bonus track
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (cover) bonus track
Published: 2015/10/12
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Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Studio Version)
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Studio Version)
Published: 2012/05/25
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Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones cover)
Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones cover)
Published: 2016/02/24
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Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones - Lesson in Standard Tuning)
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones - Lesson in Standard Tuning)
Published: 2012/07/31
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Rolling Stones 1971 Sticky Fingers full album
Rolling Stones 1971 Sticky Fingers full album
Published: 2017/01/10
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The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar LIVE 2003 (KR amp loud)
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar LIVE 2003 (KR amp loud)
Published: 2014/06/09
Channel: Anthony R.
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Alternate Take with Mick Taylor (Time Capsule Version)
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Alternate Take with Mick Taylor (Time Capsule Version)
Published: 2014/04/06
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Brown Sugar (Live)
Brown Sugar (Live)
Published: 2017/06/16
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Rolling Stones- Brown Sugar
Rolling Stones- Brown Sugar
Published: 2010/11/26
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Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones cover - Telejazzman
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones cover - Telejazzman
Published: 2014/12/25
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The Rolling Stones- Brown Sugar
The Rolling Stones- Brown Sugar
Published: 2007/11/07
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Rolling Stones talk about Brown Sugar and Songwriting
Rolling Stones talk about Brown Sugar and Songwriting
Published: 2010/07/27
Channel: TheRoute19
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Live) Beacon Theatre, New York, 2006
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: RollingStones50yrs5
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Guitar Lesson - Keith Richards Tuning Open G
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Guitar Lesson - Keith Richards Tuning Open G
Published: 2015/05/14
Channel: GuitarJamz
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Drum Cover
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Drum Cover
Published: 2017/08/20
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The Rolling Stones - brown sugar - Live in Bremen 1998
The Rolling Stones - brown sugar - Live in Bremen 1998
Published: 2012/12/17
Channel: Joseph Richards
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (1975)
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (1975)
Published: 2015/05/21
Channel: ThatVinylGuy
How To Play Bass Guitar To Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones - Bill Wyman
How To Play Bass Guitar To Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones - Bill Wyman
Published: 2011/10/18
Channel: howtoplaybassdotcom
The Rolling Stones * Brown Sugar * Cover ブラウン シュガー
The Rolling Stones * Brown Sugar * Cover ブラウン シュガー
Published: 2013/09/20
Channel: stratocasterbob
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (HD)
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (HD)
Published: 2013/02/20
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The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar GUITAR BACKING TRACK
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar GUITAR BACKING TRACK
Published: 2014/11/25
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The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar in San Diego 2015
The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar in San Diego 2015
Published: 2015/05/26
Channel: Cal Vid
THE ROLLING STONES - Brown Sugar (take 2,3,4) Rare
THE ROLLING STONES - Brown Sugar (take 2,3,4) Rare
Published: 2015/01/10
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Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones Cover) by Rocks Off (Live at DZ Records)
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones Cover) by Rocks Off (Live at DZ Records)
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: DZ Records
Sticky Fingers: Brown Sugar
Sticky Fingers: Brown Sugar
Published: 2009/02/08
Channel: fortyfreakinlicks
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar Guitar Cover
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar Guitar Cover
Published: 2010/04/22
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"Brown Sugar"
BrownSugarUK45.jpg
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Sticky Fingers
B-side "Bitch"/"Let It Rock" (UK)
Released 16 April 1971 (1971-04-16)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 2–4 December 1969
Studio Muscle Shoals Sound, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Genre
Length 3:50
Label Rolling Stones Records
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Honky Tonk Women"
(1969)
"Brown Sugar"
(1971)
"Wild Horses"
(1971)
"Honky Tonk Women"
(1969)
"Brown Sugar"
(1971)
"Wild Horses"
(1971)
Audio sample
Alternative covers
American single label
American single label

"Brown Sugar" is a song by the Rolling Stones. It is the opening track and lead single from their album Sticky Fingers (1971). Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 495 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and at number five on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.[5]

Inspiration and recording[edit]

Though credited, like most of their compositions, to the singer/guitarist pair of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was primarily the work of Jagger, who wrote it sometime during the filming of Ned Kelly in 1969.[6] Originally recorded over a three-day period at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, from 2–4 December 1969, the song was not released until over a year later due to legal wranglings with the band's former label, though at the request of guitarist Mick Taylor, they debuted the number live during the infamous concert at Altamont on 6 December. The song was written by Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger's secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis. It is also claimed it was written with Claudia Lennear in mind. Lennear made this claim on BBC's Radio 4 (25 February 2014, Today), saying that it was written with her in mind because at the time when it was written, Mick Jagger used to hang around with her.

In the documentary film Gimme Shelter (1970), an alternative mix of the song is played back to the band while they relax in a hotel in Alabama.

The song, with its prominent blues-rock riffs, dual horn/guitar instrumental break, and danceable rock rhythms, is representative of the Stones' definitive middle period and the tough, bluesy hard-rock most often associated with the group.[citation needed] In the liner notes to the compilation album Jump Back (1993), Jagger says, "The lyric was all to do with the dual combination of drugs and girls. This song was a very instant thing, a definite high point." The song is in compound AABA form.[7]

In the Rolling Stone interview (14 December 1995, RS 723) with Jagger, he spoke at length about the song, its inspiration and success — including claiming credit for writing the lyrics. He attributed the success of the song to a "good groove". After noting that the lyrics could mean so many lewd subjects, he again noted that the combination of those subjects, the lyrical ambiguity was partially why the song was considered successful. He noted, "That makes it... the whole mess thrown in. God knows what I'm on about on that song. It's such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go... I never would write that song now." When Jann Wenner asked him why, Jagger replied, "I would probably censor myself. I'd think, 'Oh God, I can't. I've got to stop. I can't just write raw like that.'"[8]

The lyrical subject matter has often been a point of interest and controversy. Described by rock critic Robert Christgau as "a rocker so compelling that it discourages exegesis",[9] "Brown Sugar"'s popularity indeed often overshadowed its scandalous lyrics, which were essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects, including slavery, rape, interracial sex, cunnilingus, sadomasochism, lost virginity and heroin.[10]

An alternative version was recorded on 18 December 1970, at Olympic Studios in London, after (or during) a birthday party for Richards. It features appearances by Al Kooper on piano, and Eric Clapton on slide guitar. Richards considered releasing this version on Sticky Fingers, mostly for its more spontaneous atmosphere, but decided on the original.[11] The alternative version, which had previously been available only on bootleg recordings, was released in June 2015 on the Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions of the reissued Sticky Fingers album.

Top of the Pops[edit]

To promote the song, they performed on Top of the Pops with the performance taped sometime around late March 1971, and being shown on April 15 and May 6. They also performed on the album slot that was part of the show in 1971, and performed "Wild Horses" and "Bitch", which was shown on April 22 1971; due to BBC practices at the time, the performances were wiped and all that remains is "Brown Sugar".

Release[edit]

"Brown Sugar" was eventually released in May 1971 as the first single from the album, becoming a number one hit in both the United States and Canada and a number two hit in both the United Kingdom and Ireland, and has since become a classic rock radio staple. While the US single featured only "Bitch" as the B-side, the British single featured that track plus a live rendition of Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock", recorded at the University of Leeds during the 1971 tour of the United Kingdom. In the United States, Billboard ranked it as the number 16 song for 1971.

In the United Kingdom, the single was originally issued in mono using a now-rarely heard bespoke mono mix. This mono mix has never been used on any compilation.

Little Richard covered the song while he was signed to Reprise Records.

The song was performed routinely during the Stones' 1970 European Tour, occupying a prominent spot near the end of the set list even though audiences were unfamiliar with it. It eventually opened the famed 1972 American Tour shows and has been a Stones concert stalwart since.

When the Stones perform "Brown Sugar" live, Jagger often changes the lyrics from "Just like a young girl should" to "Just like a young man should." The line "Hear him whip the women just around midnight" is often changed to the less offensive "You shoulda heard him just around midnight." This is evident on their live albums Love You Live, Flashpoint, Live Licks, Shine a Light and Totally Stripped. This change also occurs on the version recorded at Richards's birthday party.

The song is also the first single released on Rolling Stones Records (catalogue number RS-19100) and is one of the two Stones songs (along with "Wild Horses") licensed to both the band and former manager Allen Klein (a result of various business disagreements) resulting in its inclusion on the compilation album Hot Rocks 1964–1971. "Brown Sugar" is also included on the most significant latter-day Rolling Stones compilations, Jump Back, Forty Licks and GRRR!.

Chart performance[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Rolling Stones[27]

Additional personnel

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mick Taylor can be heard playing lead guitar on outtakes of the song, but his parts have been removed completely for the released track

References[edit]

  1. ^ High Fidelity Musical America. 22. Billboard Pub. 1972. p. 106. 
  2. ^ Mike Jahn (1973). Rock: from Elvis Presley to the Rolling Stones. Quadrangle. p. 284. 
  3. ^ The Rolling Stones (14 April 2009). The Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks 1964-1971: Authentic Bass TAB Sheet Music Transcription. Alfred Music. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-4574-3336-8. 
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie. The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar at AllMusic. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Brown Sugar". Rolling Stone. 9 December 2004 (accessed 25 April 2007).
  6. ^ "Jagger Remembers". Rolling Stone. 14 December 1995 (accessed 25 April 2007).
  7. ^ Covach, John (2005), "Form in Rock Music: A Primer", in Stein, Deborah, Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis, New York: Oxford University Press, p.74-75, ISBN 0-19-517010-5 .
  8. ^ "Jagger Remembers". Rolling Stone. 14 December 1995.
  9. ^ Robert Christgau "Rolling Stones". The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. 1976 (accessed 24 June 2007).
  10. ^ Unterberger, Richie. The Rolling Stones "Brown Sugar". allmusic. 2007 (accessed 25 April 2007).
  11. ^ Ian McPherson (1969-12-02). "Brown Sugar". Timeisonourside.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5385." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Brown Sugar". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  17. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar". VG-lista. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Rolling Stones: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  22. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  24. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  25. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1971/Top 100 Songs of 1971". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  26. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1971". Tropicalglen.com. 1971-12-25. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  27. ^ McPherson, Ian. "Brown Sugar". www.timeisonourside.com. 

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Preceded by
"Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night
US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
29 May 1971 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Want Ads" by The Honey Cone
Preceded by
"Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
5 June 1971 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"It Don't Come Easy" by Ringo Starr

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