Honky Tonk Women
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 1969 Honky Tonk Women45

I met a gin-soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride
She had to heave me right across shoulder
'Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind

1969
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969 for four weeks
  • Hot 100 chart debut: July 19, 1969
  • from the album Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) (1969)
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #116 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • "Honky Tonk Women" marked the debut of guitarist Mick Taylor - Taylor replaced Brian Jones
  • the single was released in the UK the day after the death of Brian Jones
  • the group's fifth No. 1 hit of the eight they achieved on the Hot 100 in their career
  • the opening cowbell was played by producer Jimmy Miller
  • on the record:
         Mick Jagger- lead vocals
         Keith Richards- lead and rhythm electric guitar, backing vocals
         Mick Taylor- lead electric guitars
         Bill Wyman- bass
         Ian Stewart- piano
         Charlie Watts- drums
         Jimmy Miller- cowbell
         Steve Gregory, Bud Beadle- brass
         Reparata & The Delrons, Nanette Newman, Doris Troy- backing vocals
  • written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards; Jagger and Richards wrote the song while on vacation in Brazil from late 1968 to early 1969
  • produced by Jimmy Miller
  • recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England
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