Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

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"Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy"
Written by Harry Stone
Jack Stapp
Published 1950
Original artist Red Foley
Recorded by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Faron Young

"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.[1] The song has been covered by many artists including Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong,[2] Frank Sinatra,[3] 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 No. 1.[4] Foley's recording also went to No. 1 on the country chart and stayed at the top spot for three months.[5] It featured guitarist Grady Martin.

Other charting versions were recorded by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Phil Harris, and Bill Darnel. The Crosby recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24863. The record first reached the Billboard charts on January 27, 1950, and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 9.

The Sinatra recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 38708. The record first reached the Billboard charts on March 10, 1950, and lasted one week on the chart, at No. 24.

The Harris recording was released by RCA Victor Records as a 78rpm single (catalog number 20-3692) and a 45rpm single (catalog number 47-3216). The record first reached the Billboard charts on March 17, 1950, and lasted two weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 26.

The Darnel recording was released by Coral Records as catalog number 60147. The record first reached the Billboard charts on March 3, 1950, and lasted one week on the chart, at No. 26.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red Foley Hillbilly Fever". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bing Crosby Havin' Fun [2 CD]". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Frank Sinatra Everybody Loves Somebody". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records: 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 123. 
Preceded by
"Slipping Around" by Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely
Billboard Best Selling Retail Folk (Country & Western) Records
number-one single

January 21, 1950 - April 15, 1950
Succeeded by
"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
Preceded by
"Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers
Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
February 18, 1950 – March 11, 1950
Succeeded by
"Music! Music! Music!" by Teresa Brewer
Preceded by
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
Cash Box Best Sellers number-one song
February 25, 1950 – March 18, 1950
Succeeded by
Music! Music! Music!