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
Released31 July 1972
RecordedChâteau d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France, January 1972
LabelUni (USA), DJM (UK)
Songwriter(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Elton John singles chronology
"Rocket Man"
"Honky Cat"
"Crocodile Rock"

"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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  1. ^ "Honky Cat by Elton John". Music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ Stewart Mason. "Honky Cat - Elton John | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  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.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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