Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues

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"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"
Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - Danny O'Keefe.jpg
Single by Danny O'Keefe
from the album O'Keefe
B-side "The Valentine Pieces"
Released August 1972
Genre Country
Length 3:01
Label Signpost
Songwriter(s) Danny O'Keefe
Producer(s) Ahmet Ertegün
Danny O'Keefe singles chronology
"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"
"The Road"

"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" is a song written and performed by Danny O'Keefe.

It was first recorded by O'Keefe in 1967, but not released. It was recorded by The Bards and released in 1968 as the b-side to the song "Tunesmith" on Parrot Records. The Bards were a band from Moses Lake, Washington.[1] The song was recorded by O'Keefe for his self-titled debut album in 1971.[2] The following year he re-recorded it (with a slower, more downbeat arrangement) for his second album, O'Keefe.[3] The second version was issued as a single, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, number 5 on the adult contemporary chart, and #63 on the country chart.[4] The song was also covered by Mel Tormé, especially for a 1986 episode of NBC's Night Court entitled "Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye".

It was covered by numerous artists. A cover by Leon Russell peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1984.[5]


Chart (1972) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles[6] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 9
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 5
US Cash Box Top 100 10

Selected list of recorded versions[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Danny O'Keefe, Danny O'Keefe Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Danny O'Keefe, O'Keefe Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Danny O'Keefe's "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues Chart Positions Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 293. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, Rockin' My Life Away Retrieved July 3, 2012.