Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones Lesson

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Hi all.
Does anyone know what key Brown Sugar is in?

Hello @brianj955 and welcome to the Community.
Not a straightforward answer.
Most of the song can be seen as the key of C.
But, through the famous ‘riff’ are some ‘out-of-key’ chords, Ab, Bb, Eb.
Those chords happen to be the three major chords from the parallel minor key of C minor. These three chords can be described as an example of modal interchange / chord borrowing.

Hope that helps.
Cheers :smiley:
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Thanks Richard.
Yes that helps.
I figured it was in C, but the Eb, Ab and Bb threw me.
So it’s part Cmaj and part Cmin (Aeolian?).
Just a bit confused by the relative minor scale.
I though the relative minor to Cmaj was Am?
(I’m not good on scales).

Sorry - error on my part. I should have written parallel minor. I have now corrected it.

Not heard of that before, but it makes sense, I think.
Many thanks.