Women" was released on July 4, 1969. The song was written by
Jagger and Richards while on holiday in Brazil from late December
1968 to early January 1969, nispired by Brazilian 'Caipiras'
(inhabitants of rural, remote areas of parts of Brazil) at the
ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying in Matâo, Sâo Paulo.
Thematically, a 'honky tonk woman' refers to a dancing girl in a
western bar who may work as a prostitute. "Honky Tonk Women" is
distinctive as it opens not with a guitar riff, but with a beat
played on a cowbell, performed by producer Jimmy Miller. The song
topped the hitlists in the United States, United Kingdom,
Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, and New Zealand, furthermore it
climbed to no.2 in Germany, Canada, and Norway. On the year-end
chart 1969 it reached no.3 with a total of 8,963,000 points.