Red Foley performs “Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy” Live Video 1966.

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.

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Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy:

Single cover Red Folley ( Decca 1950 )
Single cover Red Folley (Decca 1950)

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.

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

Some versions:

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)
Leon McAuliffe and His Western Swing Band 1950 (Columbia)
Freddy Cannon 1960 (Swan records)

Phil Harris & His Orchestra ( RCA 1949 )
Phil Harris & His Orchestra ( RCA 1949 )

 

Brian Penglase 1960 (Planet Records)
Tommy Wills 1976 (Country International)
Chubby Wise 1978 (Stonway Records)
Randy O’Dandy & Susan 1978 (Johnny Dollar Records)

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

Single Red Foley ( 1950 )
Single Red Foley ( 1950 )

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