|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, but only reached #31 in Britain - and it is still a staple of "classic rock" radio. The song hit #8 on the U.S. charts, just as Elton John launched an American tour, in September 1972. The album title "Honky Chateau" is a reference to where it was recorded, the Château d'Hérouville, about 30 miles outside Paris.
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.
- 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 2016-10-07.
- 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.
- "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
- Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
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