Honky Tonk Angels

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Honky Tonk Angels
Honky Tonk Angels (album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1993
RecordedFeb. 1993
StudioNightingale Studio, Nashville, TN
ProducerOwen Bradley, Steve Buckingham, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
Slow Dancing with the Moon
Honky Tonk Angels
Heartsongs: Live From Home
Loretta Lynn chronology
Making Believe
Honky Tonk Angels
Making More Memories
Tammy Wynette chronology
Heart Over Mind
Honky Tonk Angels
Without Walls
Singles from Honky Tonk Angels
  1. "Silver Thread and Golden Needles"
    Released: November 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Honky Tonk Angels is a collaborative studio album by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. It was released on November 2, 1993, by Columbia Records.

Honky Tonk Angels was produced by Parton and Steve Buckingham. The album had been a long-rumored project between the country singers for over a decade and received much publicity and acclaim upon its release, although its only single release, a remake of the longtime country female vocalist staple "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", barely dented the charts (its accompanying video, however, received heavy rotation from CMT and TNN). Record sales, however, placed the album at #6 on Billboard's country album chart, where it spent 24 weeks, and #42 on Billboard 200, the pop album chart becoming Wynette's second-highest ranking album on the pop chart and Lynn's highest on the pop chart until her 2004 album Van Lear Rose. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

The album features many country standards, including "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (which features a guest vocal appearance by the song's originator and the original country queen, Kitty Wells), "Wings of a Dove" (a 1960 hit for Ferlin Husky), "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" (a 1953 hit for The Davis Sisters (country) a.k.a. Skeeter Davis and Betty Jack Davis), "Put it Off Until Tomorrow" (a 1966 Bill Phillips hit that was Parton's first success as a songwriter), "Lovesick Blues" (a pop standard known for Hank Williams' 1949 rendition; here the trio sings along with a vintage recording of the song by Patsy Cline), and "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven", Tex Ritter's 1962 classic that features new spoken dialogue.

The original songs by Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette appear to be solo performances by each of them with harmony vocals by Parton and "Sittin' on the Front Porch Swing" appears to be a Parton solo. The recording features liner notes written by Ralph Emery.

Track listing[edit]

1."It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (with special guest, Kitty Wells)J. D. "Jay" Miller2:51
2."Put It Off Until Tomorrow"Dolly Parton, Bill Owens2:38
3."Silver Threads and Golden Needles"Jack Rhodes, Dick Reynolds2:24
4."Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love with You)"Don Robertson, Hal Blair2:35
5."Sittin' on the Front Porch Swing"Buddy Sheffield2:34
6."Wings of a Dove"Bob Ferguson2:54
7."I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know"Cecil Null2:12
8."Wouldn't It Be Great"Loretta Lynn3:03
9."That's the Way It Could Have Been"Tammy Wynette2:55
10."Let Her Fly"Dolly Parton3:04
11."Lovesick Blues" (with special guest, Patsy Cline)Cliff Friend, Irving Mills2:18
12."I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven"Eddie Dean, Hal Southern3:32



  • Produced By Owen Bradley, Steve Buckingham & Dolly Parton
  • Engineers: Marshall Morgan, Gary Paczosa, Alan Schulman, Toby Seay
  • Assistant Engineers: Jason Lehring, Ed Simonton
  • Digital Editing: Don Cobb
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6[citation needed]
U.S. Billboard 200 42[citation needed]
Canadian RPM Country Albums 6[citation needed]
Canadian RPM Top Albums 44[citation needed]


  1. ^ Honky Tonk Angels at AllMusic
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Parton, Dolly with Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn – Honky Tonk Angels". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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