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Elton was a Honky Cat

September 14, 2015

Born Reginald Dwight, the honky cat named himself Elton John and took the music business by storm with his piano driven rock and pop. He and his partner started off working for Dick James Music in the UK writing songs for other artists, and the went off on their own, starting with the album Yellow Brick Road, which exploded.  His career is legendary as his philanthropy, and on August 24, 1998, the Queen of England made him Sir Elton John, but you can just call him, "Sir."  Following John Hale talks about one of Elton's greatest hits, "Honky Cat." -  TDR

 

Elton John's always had an affinity for throwback music. By that, I mean music that sounds like it could have come from the fifties and sixties. He had two Top 10 hits that were direct reflections of early rock & roll. One was Crocodile Rock, and the other was Honky Cat.

 

Honky Cat was the first release off of Elton John's 1972 album Honky Chateau. The album, by the way, got it's name from the French recording studio where the album was made. Honky Cat made it to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart in late summer of '72, and the song has since become a staple of classic rock radio, as well as a favorite in Elton John's live concerts.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

 

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