BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #253: “BROWN SUGAR”- THE ROLLING STONES

The Rolling Stones' “Brown Sugar” singles and EPs | recordart

Billboard #1 Hits: #253: “Brown Sugar”- The Rolling Stones. May 29, 1971. #1 for 2 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Brown Sugar”- The Rolling Stones
  • Record Company-Rolling Stones Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
  • Time: 3:50
  • B-side:”Bitch”
  • Album- Sticky Fingers
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada, Netherlands and Switzerland

I complained yesterday about having heard “Joy To The World” way too often over the years. Maybe it’s just the song. I am sure I’ve heard “Brown Sugar” three times more than I’ve heard “Joy To The World” yet never have gotten tired of hearing it.

“Brown Sugar” was mostly written by Mick Jagger during his time making the movie Ned Kelly. The song was written with Mick’s secret girlfriend Marsha Hunt in mind. The song was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama in December 1969 but wasn’t released until over a year later because of The Rolling Stones legal issues with their former record company. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Brown Sugar” at #495 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.

This is a great song to try and unscramble the lyrics- it was famously used in my favorite television show The Wire- [below}

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