Honky Cat

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"Honky Cat"
Honky Cat (Elton John album - cover art).jpg
Single by Elton John
from the album Honky Château
B-side"Slave"
Released31 July 1972
RecordedChâteau d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France, January 1972
Length5:13
LabelUni (USA), DJM (UK)
Songwriter(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Elton John singles chronology
"Rocket Man"
(1972)
"Honky Cat"
(1972)
"Crocodile Rock"
(1972)

"Honky Cat" is a song from the 1972 Elton John album Honky Château, the album's lead-off track.[1][2]

"Honky Cat" reached the Billboard top 10 when released as a single, reaching  No.  31 in the UK. The song fared better in the U.S., hitting  No.  8 just as John launched an American tour in September 1972.[3] The song remains a staple of "classic rock" radio.

A live version was released on the Here side of the Here and There live set in 1976 (and its expanded CD version in 1995), and a solo piano version appeared on the EltonJohn.com "Live in Madison Square Garden" Vol. 1 limited edition CD, recorded in October 1999.[citation needed]

Lee Ann Womack covered the song on the 2018 tribute album Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honky Cat by Elton John". Music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ Stewart Mason. "Honky Cat - Elton John | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  3. ^ Rock Movers & Shakers by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton, 1991, Billboard Books, ISBN 978-0874366617
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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