10 Interesting Facts About ‘Honky Tonk Women’ By The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones have proved their superiority once more when they released one of their most beloved singles of all time, the “Honky Tonk Women.” This was a telltale sign that the band was starting to tilt on the stealthier and funkier musical direction, on top of their usual nitty-gritty; a thing that helped them boost their forever drifting careers of fame and fortune.

  1. If you can observe the song’s verses, it does not contain a stint of bass lines.
  2. The band was supposed to emulate a copy of Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues”. This decision was further rejected since they wanted to release this as a single. The idea for the country song version (named “Country Honk”) was later reverted to the Stones’ Let It Bleed album.
  3. Aspiring drummers often learn the tempo of this song because it helps them practice their pattern movement of both feet and hands.
  4. The single was often used in a film or a series to introduce the “femme fatale” character.
  5. This song was banned in China for its subtle lyrics about sex, to which the band is known for crafting such.
  6. The Rolling Stones love to play this song mostly at their shows. Such performance includes stunning theatrics for everyone to enjoy.
  7. Keith Richards prematurely knew that the song was going to be a hit. He predicted it correctly, topping the charts in 7 countries.
  8. The song was inspired by a trip that Richards and Mick Jagger took to Brazil. A supposed-to-be country song eventually “metamorphosed” itself into a new blues song, and the rockers loved it so much.
  9. This was the first recording joined by Mick Taylor, as a replacement of the band’s founding leader Brian Jones in lead guitar. Jones’s drug addiction became so problematic that the band had to fire him after the “Honky Tonk” sessions.
  10. Coincidentally, the single was released on July 3, 1969— the same day that Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool.