HONKY TONK


[Instrumental]


Info

HONKY TONK is a 1956 instrumental by Bill Doggett. See the below section for more details. Not to be confused with HONKY TONK WOMEN, the 1969 song by The Rolling Stones that was also covered by Bruce Springsteen.

Original Version

HONKY TONK is an instrumental written by Billy Butler, Bill Doggett, Clifford Scott, and Berisford Shephard. Bill Doggett had a major hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and a number one R&B single when he released his version of HONKY TONK as a two-part single in 1956.

Bill Doggett -- "Honky Tonk (Part I) / Honky Tonk (Part II)"
Bill Doggett -- "Honky Tonk (Part I) / Honky Tonk (Part II)"

7" single - King (45-4950) - USA, 1956

Bruce Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen reportedly covered HONKY TONK back in 1965 with his early band The Castiles. Back then The Beach Boys smash album Surfin' USA, which included a cover of HONKY TONK and was released in 1963, was very influential. The Castiles, as well as Steven Van Zandt's 1965 band The Shadows, used to cover a few songs from that album.

Bruce Springsteen also performed HONKY TONK with the E Street Band once during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. See the below section for more details.

Live History

HONKY TONK is known to have been performed at least once during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (111 dates, May 1978 to January 1979), on 16 Jul 1978 in New Orleans, LA. A few setlists from that period are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, but that's very unlikely.

  1. 16 Jul 1978 at Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA

Available Versions

List of available versions of HONKY TONK on this website:

HONKY TONK

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