The first version of this song was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, which is where Atlantic Records had many of their artists record (great musicians, few distractions, excellent rates). Another song from the album, "Covered Wagon," was chosen as a single but stiffed.
"Good Time Charlie" was re-recorded for his second album, O'Keefe
, which was released in 1972. This time, it was recorded at American Studios in Memphis with Arif Marden producing. This time, the song was released as a single and became a big hit.
As the song was climbing the charts, O'Keefe was sent on the road on a bill with the Hollies and the Raspberries. Unfortunately, he didn't have a second single and was not a good fit for the tour. "It wasn't really a brilliant way of building me as an artist," Danny told us
. "I didn't do the coffee house circuit until some years later."