Mick Jagger And Keith Richards Wanted ‘Honky Tonk Women’ To Be A Country Song, Rolling Stones Photographer Recalls

While ‘Honky Tonk Women’ is a beautiful song, it seems like we could have listened to a different version of it today if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards completed it as they initially wanted. Recently, Rolling Stones’ photographer Jim Marshall revealed that the two actually began writing ‘Honky Tonk Women’ as a country song, as the Guardian reported.

Jagger and Richards were on vacation in Brazil when they started to write ‘Honky Tonk Women.’ Their inspiration source was Brazilian Caipira, who are an ethnic group living in rural areas of Brazil. As Jim Marshall reported, Mick Jagger said that their first intention for the song was to make it a country song, but it turned out to be a riff-oriented rock and roll hit.

“I remember being with Keith in Brazil and writing it,” Mick Jagger recalled about the time he and Richards worked on ‘Honky Tonk Women.’ “It started as a pure country song. All the really popular songs are hard for me to rank because you’ve heard them so much over the years. But I do like that one. I still enjoy singing it.”

Before writing ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ Jagger and Richards wrote another version named ‘Country Honk.’ However, they later changed its sound and transformed the song into the current version. As for Jim Marshall, he is now holding a new exhibition at the Grammy Museum in LA, revealing some rare Rolling Stones photographs he took back in 1972.


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