Sugar Mama (song)

'Sugar Mama' is a 1969 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, and recorded at Morgan Studios, London in June 1969. A driving blues rock song, it officially remained unreleased until the issue of the expanded Coda edition in 2015.

Overview

'Sugar Mama' was intended for the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II, and was recorded at the same session for 'We're Gonna Groove', on 25 June 1969. This track is driven by a galloping rhythm section courtesy of drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones, and a repetitive and compact Jimmy Page guitar riff. The tone achieved by Page is similar to the one on 'Travelling Riverside Blues', recorded for BBC Radio the same year, and relased in 1997 under BBC Sessions. 'Sugar Mama's underpinning bouncy, catchy repetitious rhythm was perhaps too out of place for the album given the material they had already recorded to that date, and was subsequently left unreleased. The master tape for this song was reputedly found during a clean-out of Morgan Studios in the 1990s. Poor quality bootlegs containing 'Sugar Mama' surfaced from this tape. In 2015, the song was belatedly issued on the expanded edition of Coda, with a much cleaner mix.

This song is not the same 'Sugar Mama' which appeared on P. J. Proby's 1969 album Three Week Hero.

Live performances

'Sugar Mama' was never performed live in its entirety. A few bars were played as part of the 'Whole Lotta Love' blues medley in a number of concerts in 1971.

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, backing vocals, producer
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Paul Jones – bass guitar
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion

Production:

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