Honky Tonkin'

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"Honky Tonkin'"
Single by Hank Williams, Jr.
from the album High Notes
Released 1982
Genre Country
Label Elektra/Curb
Writer(s) Hank Williams
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Hank Williams, Jr. singles chronology
"A Country Boy Can Survive"
"Honky Tonkin'"
"The American Dream"

"Honky Tonkin'" is a 1948 country music song, written and recorded by Hank Williams. His song went to #14 on the Billboard country music charts.

The song was then recorded as a 1982 single by Williams' son, Hank Williams, Jr. This recording surpassed the popularity of the original, hitting #1 on the Billboard country music charts and staying there for a week. It spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.[1] "Honky Tonkin'" would be Hank Williams, Jr.'s sixth number one song on the country chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 6

Cover versions[edit]

The has been covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, as well as by Sissy Spacek on her 1983 album Hangin' Up My Heart. [2]

The The also covered this song on their album Hanky Panky which all consists of covers of Hank Williams' songs.

Townes Van Zandt covered the song as well on his 1972 album The Late Great Townes Van Zandt.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 389. 
  2. ^ If I Can Just Get Through The Night-Honky Tonkin

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Preceded by
"I Don't Care" by Ricky Skaggs
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
August 7, 1982
Succeeded by
"I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home" by David Frizzell