One of the most psychologically complex chart-toppers of the decade, "Papa Don't Preach" not only proved to be a feminist anthem but also gave certain dads a new perspective on their daughters' struggles.
When we're talking about fathers, no one shares the exact same experience, and some people grew up not knowing their father at all. In The Temptations' seminal soul-pop masterpiece "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," the group members try piecing together their father's life following his passing, separating the rumors and town gossip from the truth — unless the rumors are, in fact, true.
It's a powerful, thoughtful number that ended up being a chart-topper for The Temptations, an incredible feat given the single edit was seven minutes long and the album cut was close to 12 minutes. If you're looking at a list of songs about dads and fatherhood, by law, it has to contain Harry Chapin's seminal folk-pop epic "Cat's in the Cradle. Sure, they still love each other, but as the adage goes: "Like father, like son.
It remains not only Chapin's unquestioned calling card but also one of the best songs ever written about fatherhood. A beaming, loving ode to a daughter's daddy, what made Loretta Lynn's '70s classic such a striking number was how despite the unabashed praise heaped upon her father, the song still managed to come off as even-handed, with the narrator noting that as a little girl, she was "Not old enough to understand the meaning of depression" and how they lived in a coal-mining town where "education didn't count so much as what you had born in you.
Released as the lead single to the soundtrack of "The Wild Thornberries Movie" of all things although it would later make an appearance on his album "Surprise" , Paul Simon's Oscar-nominated song about a dad's love for his daughter is breezy, refreshing and genuinely sweet.
The resulting adult contemporary slow-burn circles around a simple plea: asking for more time with your dad, of playing a song "that would never ever end," just so he could dance with his father again. A chart hit and a Grammy winner, it marked a late-career milestone for Vandross shortly before his passing in A piano ballad that hits a seismic crescendo, Amos' swirling number traces a family throughout time, with boys and girls learning to group up and be responsible, their parents overwatching and overseeing them.
From describing sweet moments of going to his baby's crib to describing how funny his son is even when he's disciplining him to dropping some harsher advice about not worrying about people who "make you mad" because "hate in your heart will consume you too," Smith covers a lot of territory in the song's brisk runtime.
Pleasant, breezy, and full of heart, Will Smith has created one of the finest modern tributes to that special connection between father and son.
Released during the Pips' prime when they signed to Soul Records, the acoustic guitar-led "Daddy Could Swear, I Declare" is an honest and funky tune about growing up with a father who was a "heck of a man," and although he couldn't read or write, boy could he swear. An album track off her rootsy throwback "My Tennessee Mountain Home," "Daddy's Working Boots" features Parton's sharpened eye for lyrical detail, telling of her hard-working papa through the story of his boots.
They're "just like him, they're tired and worn," and have walked "a million miles or more. The sentiment is simple but deeply effective, honoring assiduous daddies everywhere for their efforts. Of all the songs on this list, it's fair to say that this Gil Scott-Heron album cut, initially appearing on his collaborative record with Brian Jackson called Winter in America," is not only the least well known but also arguably the best song of the bunch.
While it was revised for his solo effort, "Real Eyes," and dedicated to his daughter Gia Louise, we're suckers for a stripped-down piano-and-voice version featured on the compilation "Nothing New. In a list full of songs about dads and fatherhood, a couple of thematic tropes emerge. Oxford University Press. Meanwhile its flashy "Sabre Dance" had conquered the U. New York: Routledge. Current Biography Yearbook.
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He later appeared as himself in the Quantum Leap episode entitled "Good Morning, Peoria" where he walks into a radio station in hoping to have his demo record played on the air. The show's main character, Dr. In , Chubby Checker's "The Twist" was named the biggest chart hit of all time by Billboard magazine. Billboard looked at all singles that made the charts between and He was also honored by Settlement Music School as part of the school's centennial celebration and named to the Settlement , a list of notable people connected to the school.
Checker was the host of the AMG Heritage Awards and was given the honor during the television broadcast. The award was presented to him by longtime friend and labelmate Dee Dee Sharp.
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