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“Honky-Tonk Woman”: from 1958!

How likely is it that Don Davis borrowed the title for 1961’s “Honkey Tonk Woman” from a rockabilly tune released three years prior?

“Honky-Tonk Woman”     Lee Russell     1958

Lee Russell appears to have recorded exactly one single before giving up a music career.  Unlikely that “Honky-Tonk Woman” spent any time on the chart.

Johnny Horton would release “Honky Tonk Man” – his debut Columbia single – in 1956, so why is Zero to 180 surprised to discover the existence of “Honky-Tonk Woman” as far back as 1958?

Lee Russell 45-a

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