No. 8: ‘Honky Tonk Women’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
Originally recorded by the Rolling Stones as ‘Country Honk’ in early 1969, and released as an acoustic song on the album ‘Let It Bleed,’ ‘Honky Tonk Women’ morphed into the Top 100 Rolling Stones Song we all know today in time for the ‘Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)’ compilation.
Most of the credit for the change seem to go to guitarist Mick Taylor. Keith Richards was quoted saying, “The song was originally written as a real Hank Williams / Jimmie Rodgers / 1930s country song. And it got turned around to this other thing by Mick.” However, Taylor remembers his contributions much more modestly, stating, “I definitely added something to Honky Tonk Women, but it was more or less complete by the time I arrived and did my overdubs.”
Watch The Rolling Stones Perform ‘Honky Tonk Women’