Pour Some Sugar on It: #2 "Brown Sugar" Rolling Stones (1971)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
January 4, 2017 9:05am CST
Boy, this one sure came out of left field. From the famed “Sticky Fingers” album, “Brown Sugar” was heard in the rockumentary “Gimme Shelter,” reached #1 on the charts and ranks among the Stones’ best known songs. Mick Jagger takes primary writing credit having composed the song while filming “Ned Kelly” in Australia. He was inspired by his secret black girlfriend Marsha Hunt by whom he had a child. “Brown Sugar” was controversial for venturing into taboo territory. There are references to slave ships, New Orleans slave market, old slaver and whip the women. Jagger toned down lyrics in later concerts.
The Rolling Stones performing "Brown Sugar" live in Texas, 1972. "Brown Sugar" is the first single from the album Sticky Fingers. This version of the song fe...
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