|Single by Elton John|
|from the album Honky Château|
|Released||31 July 1972|
|Recorded||Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France, January 1972|
|Label||Uni (USA), DJM (UK)|
|Songwriter(s)||Elton John, Bernie Taupin|
|Elton John singles chronology|
"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. 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.
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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- Jacques Bolognesi – trombone
- Jean-Louis Chautemps – saxophone
- Alain Hatot – saxophone
- Elton John – Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic piano, vocals
- Davey Johnstone – banjo
- Ivan Julien – trumpet
- Dee Murray – bass
- Nigel Olsson – drums
- "Honky Cat by Elton John". Music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- Stewart Mason. "Honky Cat - Elton John | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- Rock Movers & Shakers by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton, 1991, Billboard Books, ISBN 978-0874366617
- Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
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