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Red Foley - Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

The first recordings of the song, date from 1949, but most recordings were made in 1950, the most successful of all was that of Red Foley, recorded in 1950 for the Decca label. The recording of Red was a success, it reached number one on February 4, 1950, and remained 12 weeks in a row at number one.

Popular song written by Harry Stone & Jack Stapp, the first recordings of the song, date from 1949, Phil Harris And His Orchestra (RCA), Tommy Duncan And His Western All-Stars (capitol), but most recordings were made in 1950, the most successful of all was that of Red Foley, recorded in 1950 for the Decca label. The recording of Red was a success, it reached number one on February 4, 1950, and remained 12 weeks in a row at number one. , until May 5, 1950.

The song was covered by many singers like: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Faron Young, Bill Darnell … and many more.

Tommy Duncan And His Western All-Stars 1949 (Capitol)

Phil Harris And His Orchestra 1949 (RCA)

Frank Sinatra 1950 (Columbia)

Bing Crosby 1950 (Brunswick)

Bradford & Romano 1950 (RCA)

Freddy Cannon 1960 (Swan records)

Brian Penglase 1960 (Planet Records)

Tommy Wills 1976 (Country International)

Chubby Wise 1978 (Stonway Records)

Randy O’Dandy & Susan 1978 (Johnny Dollar Records)

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Red Foley – Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy Lyrics

 

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 wanna 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

 

—— instrumental break ——

 

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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