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Poppa Charlie

Terry Gladney

June 27, 2018

Genre: Pop

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This song is a true story about a shoeshine man at a local barber shop in Franklin ,TN back in the 1950's who was a favorite among all the customers. - and who I remember as a child when I visited the shop for a hair cut.

Vocal by Denny Gladney


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Frank Renfordt

Like the vibe! The sound is really seventies. It’s nostalgic, but in a cool way. Like the guitar. It’s for sure not mainstream, but I guess you’ll find your audience!

June 29, 2018

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Frank Renfordt

Like the vibe! The sound is really seventies. It’s nostalgic, but in a cool way. Like the guitar. It’s for sure not mainstream, but I guess you’ll find your audience!

June 29, 2018


Poppa Charlie
Lyrics by Terry Gladney
Music by Denny Gladney

Everyone called him Poppa Charlie
He was the shoeshine man at Jake's Barber Shop
Downtown - main street - Franklin, Tennessee
It was Ole South - in the nineteen fifties

The doors opened at seven in the morning
Poppa would be standing by the shoeshine stand
Dressed in a starched white shirt-black pants- black shoes
Stooped shoulders on the frame -of a proud man

Giving customers undivided attention
He listened to their complaints and confessions
Always smiling and always laughing
Poppa made everyone feel special

He lived in a room above the barber shop
Had a hot plate - a Bible - and a radio
Said that was all he needed to get by
Was a simple man living a simple life

The shop was closed on Wednesday - but not Poppa
He shined extra shoes left at the barber shop
Walked to church on Sunday - his only day out
Singing his favorite hymn along his route

CHORUS
The pop of his rag - the sound of his laughter
Vibrating to the top of the rafters
Poppa Charlie was more than a shoeshine man
He was the heart and soul of Jake's Barber Shop

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