Bryan Charendoff

Danny O’Keefe’s biggest hit, this song struck a cord with restless young people who were stuck living dreary lives in dead-end small towns while their friends were moving away to better things. “Charlie” is a fictional character, but O’Keefe was managed by Charlie Greene, who also managed Buffalo Springfield. The title character, Charlie, is left behind and probably can’t get out, so he takes pills to ease his pain. The song was covered by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Charlie McCoy, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Leon Russell and B.J. Thomas. Here is “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues”.

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