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Encyclopedia > Honky Tonk Women
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Honky Tonk Women" cover
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
B-side(s) ”You Can't Always Get What You Want”
Released July 4, (UK), July 5, 1969 (U.S.)
Format vinyl record
Recorded Olympic Studios, London, March 10-11, 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3min 2s
Label London Records
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
Chart positions
  • #1 (four weeks) (US)
  • #1 (five weeks) (UK)
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
Street Fighting Man
(1968)
Honky Tonk Women
(1969)
Brown Sugar
(1971)

"Honky Tonk Women" was a 1969 hit song by the Rolling Stones. Released as a single on July 4, 1969 in the United Kingdom, and the next day in the United States, it topped the charts in both nations. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was the single's B-side. Image File history File links Cover of the 1969 The Rolling Stones single Honky Tonk Women/You Cant Always Get What You Want. This image is the cover of an album or single. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s. ... For the United States holiday, the Fourth of July, see Independence Day (United States). ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Olympic Studios is a commercial recording studio located at 117 Church Road, in the south-western suburb of Barnes in London. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rock is a form of popular music from the mid 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. ... A minute is a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour and to 60 seconds. ... Look up second in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... London Records is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... Jimmy Miller (1944-1994) was a Brooklyn-born record producer who produced albums for The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and The Rolling Stones (all albums from Beggars Banquet to Goats Head Soup), New York Citys shock/punk rockers The Plasmatics and Motörhead. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Street Fighting Man, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, is a song by The Rolling Stones recorded in 1968. ... Brown Sugar is a song by British rock and roll band the Rolling Stones. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... This article is about the rock band. ... For the United States holiday, the Fourth of July, see Independence Day (United States). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... This article is about the song by the Rolling Stones. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


Two versions of the song were recorded by the band: the familiar hit which appeared on the 45 and their collection of late 1960s singles, Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2); and a honky-tonk version entitled "Country Honk" with slightly different lyrics which appeared on Let It Bleed. Events Roman Empire Galba becomes the commander of Legio III Augusta. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. ... Let It Bleed is an album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1969. ...


The single was released in England on the day after founding member Brian Jones' funeral. Popular legend has that it Jones had written the riff shortly before he was fired from the band but this is not true. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while on vacation in Brazil in late December 1968/early January 1969. Inspired by Brazilian gauchos/cowboys bringing cattle back to the ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying the song was originally conceived as an acoustic country song. Thematically, a "honky tonk woman" refers to a dancing girl in a western bar who may work as a prostitute; the setting for the Blues narrative version is Memphis while Country Honk sets the first verse in Jackson. Recorded in London in early February 1969 without Jones present, the band initially recorded the 'Country Honk'. New band member Mick Taylor was responsible for transforming the song into the familiar electric, riff-based hit single 'Honky Tonk Women' some time in the spring of 1969. Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was a founding member, lead and rhythm guitarist and backing singer in the English rock group, The Rolling Stones. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943 in Dartford, Kent) is an English guitarist, songwriter, and singer. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ...


Richards claimed he took the opening riff from Ry Cooder, who taught Richards how to play in the "open-G" guitar tuning that he used on that song and many other Stones songs. Cooder has accused the Stones of "ripping him off," and to date refuses to speak in specifics about his sessions with the Stones. Stones pianist Ian Stewart also disliked the song: "It's bloody ten times Keith you hear." Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born on March 15, 1947) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... Ian AR Stewart (18 July 1938 – 12 December 1985) was a Scottish rock musician. ...


The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks from August 23, 1969. It was preceded by "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans and followed by "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) is the title of a hit song from 1969 by the Lincoln, Nebraska duo Zager and Evans, which reached number 1 in the Billboard Charts for 6 weeks, commencing July 21. ... Zager and Evans were a Lincoln, Nebraska rock-pop duo of the late 1960s and early 1970s named after the its two name-sake members, Denny Zager and Rick Evans. ... Sugar, Sugar was a 1969 hit song, supposedly by fictional characters The Archies, actually the product of a group of studio musicians managed by Don Kirschner, with vocals by Ron Dante. ... The Archies are a group of adolescent fictional characters of the Archie universe, a garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones. ...


Rolling Stone ranked it #116 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ... The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ...


Country Honk

Gram Parsons claimed to have been responsible for the Country Honk arrangement although this claim is disputed by Jagger and Richards. According to Byron Berline (who memorably played fiddle on the track) Parsons was certainly responsible for him being hired to play on the recording. Berline had previously recorded with Parson's band The Flying Burrito Brothers among many others.
Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist born Ingram Cecil Connor, III. A solo artist as well as a member of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, he is best known for a series of recordings which anticipate the... Byron Berline is an American fiddle player. ... The Flying Burrito Brothers were an early country rock band, best known for their massively influential debut album, 1969s The Gilded Palace of Sin. ...


The track was recorded at Elektra Studios on La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, with producer Glyn Johns suggesting that Berline actually record his part on the sidewalk outside the studio to add ambience to the track. The car horn also resulted from the sidewalk recording. Actress Nanette Newman performs backing vocals on this version. Map of La Ciénega Boulevard and the unbuilt SR 170 freeway La Ciénega Boulevard is a major north/south arterial road that runs from El Segundo Boulevard in El Segundo, California on the south to Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Glyn Johns (born 1942 in Epsom, England) is a recording engineer and record producer who has worked with such artists as The Beatles, The Steve Miller Band, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Clash, Midnight Oil and the Blue Öyster Cult Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou... Nanette Newman (born 29 May 1934), is a British Actress and Author. ...

Preceded by
"In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 23, 1969
Succeeded by
"Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies
Preceded by
"Something in the Air" by Thunderclap Newman
UK number one single
July 23, 1969
Succeeded by
"In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans

In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) is the title of a hit song from 1969 by the Lincoln, Nebraska duo Zager and Evans, which reached number 1 in the Billboard Charts for 6 weeks, commencing July 21. ... Zager and Evans were a Lincoln, Nebraska rock-pop duo of the late 1960s and early 1970s named after the its two name-sake members, Denny Zager and Rick Evans. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Sugar, Sugar was a 1969 hit song, supposedly by fictional characters The Archies, actually the product of a group of studio musicians managed by Don Kirschner, with vocals by Ron Dante. ... The Archies are a group of adolescent fictional characters of the Archie universe, a garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones. ... Something In The Air was a UK #1 single for three weeks in July 1969 for Thunderclap Newman. ... Thunderclap Newman is a late 1960s one-hit wonder from the United Kingdom (UK). ... This is a list of the number one hits in the UK Singles Chart, from its inception in 1952 to the present. ... July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) is the title of a hit song from 1969 by the Lincoln, Nebraska duo Zager and Evans, which reached number 1 in the Billboard Charts for 6 weeks, commencing July 21. ... Zager and Evans were a Lincoln, Nebraska rock-pop duo of the late 1960s and early 1970s named after the its two name-sake members, Denny Zager and Rick Evans. ...

References

  • The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (fifth edition)

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