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"
Released 31 July 1972
Recorded Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France, January 1972
Length 5:13
Label Uni (USA), DJM (UK)
Songwriter(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Elton John singles chronology
"Rocket Man" / "Susie (Dramas)"
"Honky Cat" / "Slave"
"Crocodile Rock" / "Elderberry Wine"
"Rocket Man" / "Susie (Dramas)"
"Honky Cat" / "Slave"
"Crocodile Rock" / "Elderberry Wine"

"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, 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.[3]

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]

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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 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. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 

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