Sunday, June 16, 2013

Honky Chateau is Up For Sale


An 18th Century castle in France where David Bowie, Elton John and the Bee Gees recorded some of their classic albums is up for sale.

The Chateau d’Herouville, dubbed the Honky Chateau after Elton John named an album he recorded there after it, is expected to sell for around $US1.8 million.

The Chateau was built in 1740 and is located about 30 kilometers outside of Paris.

Music composer Michel Magne bought the building the 1962 and converted it into a recording studio in 1969. Magne sold the building in 1984 and the studio was closed down as a business in 1985.

Elton John’s classic song Rocket Man was the big hit from his Honky Chateau album. Elton also recorded the albums Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road at Honky Chateau.

Other albums recorded at Chateau d’Herouville include Fleetwood Mac's Mirage, Iggy Pop's The Idiot, David Bowie's Pinups and Low, Cat Stevens' Catch Bull At Four, Pink Floyd's Obscured By Clouds and T. Rex's The Slider.

The Bee Gees also used the studio to record How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin’ Alive for Saturday Night Fever.

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