Honky Tonk (instrumental)

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"Honky Tonk (Part 1)"
Single by Bill Doggett
from the album Honky Tonk
B-side "Honky Tonk (Part 2)"
Released 1956 (1956)
Format 7"
Genre Rhythm and blues
  • 3:05 (Part 1)
  • 2:32 (Part 2)
Label King
"Honky Tonk - Part 1"
Single by The James Brown Soul Train
from the album Soul Classics Vol. II
B-side "Honky Tonk - Part 2"
Released 1972 (1972)
Format 7"
Recorded April 17, 1972, Cavern Studios, Independence, MO
Genre Rhythm and blues
  • 3:05 (Part 1)
  • 3:29 (Part 2)
Label Polydor
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"There It Is Part 1"
"Honky Tonk - Part 1"
"Get on the Good Foot - Part 1"

"Honky Tonk" is a rhythm and blues instrumental written by Billy Butler, Bill Doggett, Clifford Scott and Shep Shepherd. Doggett recorded it as a two-part single in 1956.[1] It peaked at number two for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] and was the biggest R&B hit of the year, spending thirteen non-consecutive weeks at the top of the charts.[3][4] "Honky Tonk" became Doggett's signature piece and an R&B standard recorded by many other performers.

James Brown version[edit]

In 1972, James Brown recorded "Honky Tonk" with his band The J.B.'s, who were credited as "The James Brown Soul Train". The song was released as a two-part single which reached number seven on the R&B charts and number 44 on the pop charts.[5][6]

Other recordings[edit]

Cornell Hurd Band on "Boonville – Live in Mendocino County" (2015)


  1. ^ All Music Guide to the Blues. Backbeat Books. 2003. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-87930-736-3. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 166. 
  3. ^ Blues Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Hot R&B singles of 1956, Billboard.com
  5. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  6. ^ Leeds, Alan (1995). Discography. In Funky Good Time: The Anthology [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
Preceded by
"Rip It Up" by Little Richard
Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
August 25, 1956
Succeeded by
"Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley
"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino