Bill Doggett’s Honky Tonk; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

Honky Tonk (Doggett/Butler), issued by the famous King label, is another one of those things that simply, just works. For me, it is timeless, feel good and I never get sick of listening to it. Even the crowd noises and clapping is infectious.

Definitely the guitar solo; I think every phrase of it became a lick in every guitarists bag of tricks at the time we got into it.

The charm of this oddity seems to be a blend between simplicity, sincerity and the marvellous, “suggestive” sound of that saxophone! Everything fits! I can even live with the sax’s meandering into nowhere “extended” solo…

Bill Doggett

Bill Doggett

One thing that mystifies me somewhat, is that there isn’t an organ solo. After all it is Bill Doggett‘s group. We just get to hear him gurgling in the background on his Hammond B3.

Anywho, it is time. Time to return to a much simpler era (or was it?), 1956, and let Honky Tonk take you where it will…

Personel undetermined.

 We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.


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