Billboard #1 Hits: #218: “Honky Tonk Women”- The Rolling Stones. August 23, 1969. #1 for 4 weeks.
- Single: “Honky Tonk Women”- The Rolling Stones
- Record Company- London
- Genre: Rock and Roll
- Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
- Time: 3:03
- B-side: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
- Album- single only
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, and Switzerland.
“Honky Tonk Women” was released on July 4, 1969- the day after The Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones had died. Jones does not appear on the recording. Mick and Keith wrote the song while on vacation in late December 1968- January 1969 in Brazil. They were inspired by the inhabitants of the rural remote areas where they were staying. One of the most memorable of Rolling Stones singles- Rolling Stone magazine ranks it as #116 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. On the Let It Bleed album they released a country version of the song- called- “Country Honk.” “Honky Tonk Women” itself- opens with a cowbell played by the producer Jimmy Miller- who produced the great run of albums The Rolling Stones made in the late 60’s- early 70’s- their classic period. The song originally was written in a country music feel but Keith credits Mick Taylor for turning it into what it eventually became.