Rolling Stones Pull Brown Sugar, Song With Lyrics About Slavery, From Live Performances

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger wrote Brown Sugar during a 1969 recording session at the famed Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama.

It was the opening track and lead single from the Rolling Stones best-selling album Sticky Fingers and rocketed to become a number one hit in both the United States and Canada.

In Britain and Northern Ireland, Brown Sugar charted at number two while it was named by Billboard as the number 18 song for 1971.

In the Billboard music charts, Brown Sugar peaked at number one on May 29, 1971, beating Joy To The World by Three Dog Night and Never Can Say Goodbye by the Jackson 5 to the top slot.

The album which the track features on, Sticky Fingers, has gone on to sell more than three million copies in the US and was even inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

The album was so successful that it has already raked in $68,000 (£50,000) this year, with two months still to go. In 2018, its revenue came in at $95,000 (£70,000) across that year alone, compared with $12,000 (£9,000) in 2019 and $85,000 (£63,000) the following year.

Since its release in 1971, the Rolling Stones have performed the hit track on every single one of their tours - until pulling it from their latest No Filter Tour. 

It was recorded in December 1969 but was not released until April 1971 due to a dispute with their former manager Allen Klein over royalties. Although recording technology had advanced by this time, the band decided to still release the original track, rather than re-recording it.

The Stones had also cut another version of the track at Olympic Studios in London in 1970 with Eric Clapton on guitar and Al Kooper on keyboards. It was shelved until 2015, when it was unearthed for the Sticky Fingers reissue. 

Brown Sugar, Angie and Miss You sold almost 10million units combined in the 70s, while all three singles went to number one in the US. All of the Stones' 70s singles have reached nearly 17million copies sold.

Its success has continued through the decades as it has sold an impressive 2,700,000 times, not taking into account digital or re-releases, from 1971 to 2016 while the album Sticky Fingers has sold 9,350,000 times, according to ChartMasters.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the 1971 classic number 495 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and number five on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

Rolling Stones are among some of the best selling musicians of all time, claiming 200million sales and a total of 101.5million units shipped, sold or streamed.

It is one of the Stones most popular songs and has been played live 1,136 times, second only to Jumpin' Jack Flash, which has been played 1,172 times, setlist.fm reported.

Jagger started writing the controversial song while he was filming Ned Kelly in the Australian outback, telling Uncut in 2015: 'I wrote it in the middle of a field, playing an electric guitar through headphones, which was a new thing then.'

The 1971 song has caused controversy for its lyrics but Richards said he was taken aback by the recent discomfort about the lyrics, since it was always a grotesque story about slavery, rape and sexual violence.  

It was originally titled 'Black P****,' but Jagger decided before releasing it that the title was too 'nitty-gritty'. 

Jagger explained in an interview back in 1995 that he was uncomfortable with the lyrics, describing it as a 'mishmash' of all the 'nasty' subjects. 

'Hear him whip the women just around midnight': Brown Sugar's controversial lyrics

Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields

Sold in the market down in New Orleans

Skydog slaver knows he's doin' all right

Hear him whip the women just around midnight

Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good

Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should

Drums beatin' cold, English blood runs hot

Lady of the house wonderin' when it's gonna stop

House boy knows that he's doin' all right

You should have heard him just around midnight

Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good?

Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should

Brown Sugar, how come you dance so good?

Brown Sugar, just like a black girl should

I bet your mama was a tent show queen

And all her boyfriends were sweet 16

I'm no school boy but I know what I like

You should have heard them just around midnight

Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good

Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should

I said, yeah, yeah, yeah, wooo!

How come you, how come you dance so good

Yeah, yeah, yeah, wooo!

Just like a, just like a black girl should

Yeah, yeah, yeah, wooo! 

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