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Red Foley performs "Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy"

Red Foley performs "Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy"

"Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" (also known as "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy") is a popular song written by Harry Stone and Jack Stapp and published in 1950. It is the signature song of Red Foley who recorded it in 1950. The song has been covered by many artists including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Faron Young who scored a hit with the song in 1959.

 

Many versions of the song charted in 1950, but the biggest was by Red Foley. His recording, produced by Owen Bradley, was released by Decca Records as catalog number 46205. The record first reached the Billboard charts on January 13, 1950, and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at number one. Foley's recording also went to number one on the country chart and stayed at the top spot for three months. It featured guitarist Grady Martin.

 

Other charting versions were recorded by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Phil Harris, Bradford & Romano and Bill Darnel.The Crosby recording was made on January 3, 1950[6] and was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24863. The record first reached the Billboard charts on February 4, 1950, and lasted 13 weeks on the chart, peaking at number four.

Red Foley - Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

 

Have you ever passed the corner of Forth and Grand?

Where a little ball o' rhythm has a shoe-shine stand

People gather 'round and they clap their hands

He's a great big bundle o' joy

He pops the boogie woogie rag

The Chattanoogie shoe-shine boy

He charges you a nickel just to shine one shoe

He makes the oldest kind o' leather look like new

You feel as though you want to dance when he gets through

He's a great big bundle o' joy

He pops the boogie woogie rag

The Chattanoogie shoe-shine boy

It's a wonder that the rag don't tear

The way he makes it pop

You ought to see him fan the air

With his hoppity-hippity-hippity-hoppity-hoppity-hippity-hop

He opens up for business when the clock strikes nine

He likes to get up early when they're feelin' fine

Everybody gets a little rise 'n shine

With the great big bundle o' joy

He pops the boogie woogie rag

The Chattanoogie shoe-shine boy

It's a wonder that the rag don't tear

The way he makes it pop

Just listen to him fan the air

Here he goes!

He opens up for business when the clock strikes nine

He likes to get up early when they're feelin' fine

Everybody gets a little rise 'n shine

With the great big bundle o' joy

He pops the boogie woogie rag

The Chattanoogie shoe-shine boy

The Chattanoogie shoe-shine boy


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