MY FIRST FATHER'S DAY AS A FATHER....
Cat Stevens – FATHER AND SON – “Father and Son" is a popular song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) on his 1970 album “Tea for the Tillerman”. The song frames an exchange between a father not understanding a son's desire to break away and shape a new life, and the son who cannot really explain himself but knows that it is time for him to seek his own destiny. Stevens sings in a deeper register for the father's lines, while using a higher one for those of the son. Additionally, there are backing vocals provided by Stevens' guitarist and friend Alun Davies, singing an unusual chorus of simple words and sentences such as "No" and "Why must you go and make this decision?"; beginning mid-song, so softly, they are only perceptible with a slight increase in volume towards the end of the song. Interviewed soon after the release of "Father and Son", Stevens was asked if the song was autobiographical. Responding to the interviewer from Disc, he said, "I’ve never really understood my father, but he always let me do whatever I wanted—he let me go. ‘Father And Son’ is for those people who can’t break loose."
Jack Ingram – MY OLD MAN - Jack Owen Ingram is an American country music artist. He has released eight studio albums, one extended play, six live albums and 18 singles. Although active since 1992, Ingram did not reach the U.S. country Top 40 until the late 2005 release of his single "Wherever You Are". Besides this song, Ingram has sent six other songs into the country Top 40: "Love You," a cover version of Hinder's "Lips of an Angel," "Measure of a Man," "Maybe She'll Get Lonely," "That's a Man" and "Barefoot and Crazy." From his “Lonesome Questions” CD, 1994.
Chuck Cannon – DADDY AND THE DEVIL - Charles Marion "Chuck" Cannon, Jr. is an American country music songwriter. His compositions include hit singles for Toby Keith and John Michael Montgomery. Cannon has also received awards for Broadcast Music Incorporated, as well as an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year. He is the husband of singer Lari White. From his CD “Love and Money”, 2008.
Drive-By Truckers – DADDY NEEDS A DRINK – Taken from “Brighter Than Creation's Dark” the seventh studio album by Drive-By Truckers, released on January 22, 2008.
Elvis Presley – DON’T CRY DADDY - "Don't Cry Daddy" was written by Mac Davis and recorded by Elvis Presley in January,1969 and released as a single. Some speculate that it is a consolation song, considering that Elvis's father became a widower upon the death of his wife in 1958.
John Hiatt – YOUR DAD DID – Taken from “Bring the Family”, John Hiatt's eighth album, released in 1987. It features Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass guitar and Jim Keltner on drums. The four would later reform as Little Village and release an album in 1992.
John Lee Hooker – FATHER WAS A JOCKEY - Taken from “Mr. Lucky”,1991. Produced by Ry Cooder, Roy Rogers, and Carlos Santana under the executive production of Mike Kappus, the album assembled a diverse range of notable guest and session musicians, including Keith Richards, Blues Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Winter; and three inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Van Morrison, Booker T. Jones and Johnnie Johnson.
James Brown – PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG - "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" is a song written and recorded by James Brown. Released as a two-part single in 1965, it was Brown's first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten. It won Brown his first Grammy Award, for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" is considered seminal in the emergence of funk music as a distinct style. As Brown sings the praises of an old man brave enough to get out on the dance floor of a nightclub, his band provides a horn-heavy backdrop with a prominent rhythm and an electric guitar riff for a hook. Both singer and musicians place overwhelming emphasis on the first beat of each measure ("on the One").
Crosby, Stills & Nash – TEACH YOUR CHILDREN - "Teach Your Children" is a song by Graham Nash. Although it was written when Nash was a member of The Hollies, it was never recorded by that group, and first appeared on the album Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released in 1970. The recording features Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar. Garcia had made an arrangement that in return for his playing pedal steel guitar on Teach Your Children, CSNY would teach the members of the Grateful Dead how to sing harmony for their upcoming albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Taken from the "No Nukes" CD, 1980.
Joe Ely – GRANDFATHER BLUES - Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark. Taken from his CD “Live at Liberty Lunch”, 1990.
Bruce Springsteen – ADAM RAISED A CAIN - Originally recorded for his fourth album “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, released in the late spring of 1978. The album marked the end of a three-year gap between albums brought on by contractual obligations and legal battling with former manager Mike Appel. Although the album did not produce high charting singles it nevertheless remained on the charts for 97 weeks. A steady seller in Springsteen's catalogue, it has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA. This live version was recorded from a radio concert at The Roxy in Los Angeles, July 7, 1978.