"Brown Sugar" is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones. It is the opening track and lead single from the band's 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #490 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Though credited, like most Rolling Stones 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. Originally recorded over a three day period at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama during 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 Jaggers secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis at this important time in his life.
In the film Gimme Shelter, an alternate mix of the song is played back to the band while they relax in a hotel in Alabama. This version differs from that on record by the inclusion of a rhythmic variation on...