Honky Cat

Album: Honky Chateau (1972)
Charted: 31 10

Songfacts®:

  • "Honky Cat" was released July 31, 1972, backed by "Slave". The radio edit runs to 4 minutes 7 seconds; the album version to 5 minutes 13 seconds. In the USA, it reached #10 on the Billboard Chart.

    There is no mystery about the identity of the honky cat in question; Elton's first and most endearing lyricist Bernie Taupin was born on a farm in Lincolnshire, and like several of their early collaborations including "Tell Me When The Whistle Blows", it leaves the listener in no uncertain terms as to where he would rather be, unlike city kid Elton, who was born at Pinner and served his apprenticeship in the capital under his birth name (Reginald Dwight), playing piano, among other things.
  • In spite of its distinctly American flavour, "Honky Cat" was recorded along with the rest of the Honky Château album at Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France, in January 1972. At the time, the studio was known as "Strawberry Studios," but after Elton dubbed it the "Honky Chateu" and named his album after it, that became its new moniker.

    The Château d'Hérouville lies northwest of Paris and is where Frédéric Chopin was believed to have conducted his affair with the novelist George Sand. In 1962 the composer Michel Magne bought it and converted it into a studio, which became a popular location doing the 1970s and 80s.
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    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 30th 1972, Elton John performed a Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth and other royalty of Britain; it was only the second time a rock star did so, the first were the Beatles in November of 1963...
    At the time his fifth studio album, 'Honky Chateau', was at #14 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, earlier in 1972 on July 9th the album had peaked at #1* for five weeks...
    Two tracks from the album made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and also made the Top 10; "Rocket Man" peaked at #6 for 1 week on July 9th and "Honky Cat" for 1 week on September 17th...
    * 'Honky Chateau' was the first of six straight albums by Elton John to peak at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.
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