It was recorded over a three-day span in December 1969, and was produced by Jimmy Miller at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The song would not be released until over a year later due to legal issues with the band’s former label.
The song has had a few different stories behind it, the most solid being that of a woman Mick Jagger had his first child with. Jagger and a young Marsha Hunt started their nine-month affair after she turned down an opportunity to pose in an add for ‘Honky Tonk Women’. Jagger called Hunt later that day and the two had a private relationship for a short time. In November of 1970, Hunt gave birth to Jagger’s first child and Hunt’s only child, a daughter she named Karis. The two apparently planned to have this child but, in the end, both Jagger and Hunt didn’t think they were meant to be together, and, therefore, no marriage or living arrangements ever took place between the two.
When Karis was two years old, Hunt started legal preparations for an affiliation order against Jagger, which was settled out of court and, since then, Jagger has been a figure in his daughter’s life.
When asked how she felt about having the famous song ‘Brown Sugar’ written about her, Hunt replied: “It doesn’t make me feel anyway.”