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This Day In Music History

July 23, 1969:
The Rolling Stones were at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with “Honky Tonk Women’, the group’s 8th and last UK No. 1. The song also topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks from 23 August 1969.

It is ranked #116 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Two versions of the song were recorded. Both are excellent in their own way. ‘Country Honk’ is the country version of the song released on Let It Bleed five months after the single release.

In an interview in the magazine Crawdaddy, Richards credits Taylor for influencing the track: “… the song was originally written as a real Hank Williams/Jimmie Rodgers/1930s country song. And it got turned around to this other thing by Mick Taylor, who got into a completely different feel, throwing it off the wall another way.”

I’m a big believer that you can usually tell how great a song is by how many great musicians have covered it. Here are some known cover-ers of Honky Tonk Woman:

Waylon Jennings
Joe Cocker
Taj Mahal
Humble Pie
Ike and Tina Turner
Elton John
Gram Parsons
The Meters

Some good company right there.


Song Writing Insights from Keith Richards….

Songs are strange things.....If they stick, they stick. With most of the songs I've ever written, quite honestly, I've felt there's an enormous gap here, waiting to be filled; this song should have been written hundreds of years ago. How did nobody pick up on that little space? Half the time you're looking for gaps that other people haven't done. And you say, I don't believe they've missed that f'ing hole! It's so obvious. It was there staring you in the face! I pick the holes.

from Keith Richards' "Life", page 304