Colour Him Father – Colour Him Love

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

In the ‘50’s and the 60’s the way it worked was Mom stayed home and Dad went out to work – wherever that was because as kids we didn’t think much about that – he just appeared at the end of the day for dinner.

In the late 1960’s, thanks to the hippie lifestyles, it became cool to be a Dad, and it took two parents to raise the family. Although from a promotional point of view it was still a bit shaky to promote teen idols who had children. John Lennon had to hide his marriage to Cynthia, and very little was known of Julian. That was completely the polar opposite when he married Yoko and Sean was in the limelight all the time.

We had television to tell us how Dads acted; Leave it to Beaver’s Dad had all the answers to just about everything, Ricky had Ozzie, Harriet and his brother Gary to perform to every week, and Father Knows Best – well, he just did.

Johnny Cash adored his kids, Elvis was seen everywhere with Lisa Marie in his arms, Rod Stewart showed us you could be a Dad many times over, and Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons made a business out of having a family. Some Dads took advantage of that power like Joe Jackson and his brood of Jackson 5, while the Bieb has a Mom, in our opinion, is both Mom and Dad.

Elvis and Lisa MarieElvis and Lisa MarieSandy Graham reflects about her father, “My Dad, Don, was not a rock star, and he wasn’t very tall, but to me he was 7 feet in height, bullet proof and invincible. He told me I could do anything in life I set my mind to, and to never worry about being a girl, as I was just as good and as smart as any guy out there trying for the same job. When I came home with the title of Music Director (one of the first females to hold that position in Canada) he congratulated me and asked how I felt about going after the PD's job.  He also had the most uncanny way of reasoning things out, and I adhere to those lessons of advice to this day. I am so grateful for having him as long as I did as my Dad. So 'Big D' I dedicate Dan Fogelberg's 'Leader of the Band' to you and as far as Charts go -  you're # 1 in my heart. I miss you and Mum all the time and I thank you for teaching me how to be a a parent."

" Lenny Stoute says: 'My dad was a big one for sayings. Y'know, once bitten, twice shy, you never miss the water till the well run dry sorta stuff. He didn't have a motto of his own but if he did, it would have been; Get Involved. Dad wasn't the world's handiest guy but he never let that stop him from tackling any and all household emergencies. At first I wasn't that keen on being recruited for his projects but as time went on and stuff blew up and doors had to be rehung I couldn't wait to join dad in his next go at setting things right, secure in the knowledge there's no telling what would come of it all. And no matter what went down, there was always that beautiful moment when he would look at me and say "So boy, how'd you think we did?"

Paul & Linda McCartney with their kidsPaul & Linda McCartney with their kids"My father was painting a wall mural in a restaurant when he was offered a chance to leave war torn Europe and come to Canada. He took up the offer and became a house painter with an artistic twist.. It wasn’t long before he learned a new language and started his own business and became known as the Forest Hill painter. He was a great father and wanted me to learn his trade at the same time this helped my music career in the sense that he gave me and my band member’s jobs to keep us clean, but when it came to rehearsal time, we drove him crazy. As a young boy he would take me fishing and later on in life this was all he waited for, was for me to get up to the cottage and out in the boat, the earlier the better. As I became more involved in managing clubs I found a way to keep him happy, I would leave the Spectrum at 3am in the morning and drive straight to the lake. He would be sitting out front with everything ready to go. We would be out before dawn and he would be at his secret spot. Fishing Lines in and coffee in hand his day was all set, I would be asleep in minutes. That didn’t matter to him, we were together doing what we liked best , Fishing. I miss those summer days with Mr. D but I must admit I wasn’t quite as fond for the Ice fishing, no way. On his tombstone it reads “Gone Fishing” and I am sure he is." - Bill Delingat.

John and Julian LennonJohn and Julian LennonMy (step) father danced into our lives when my family lived on a 123rd street in Cleveland. Every Sunday morning I woke up to the sounds of big band music. My parents would move the furniture in our living room up against the wall to clear the room for a dance floor.  And they would dance to the classic jazz music. This weekly occurrence - the sound of happy feet and laughter as they dipped and tripped the light fantastic – is one of my fondest memories. Living in Cleveland, they never saw MuchMusic, so I flew them to Toronto for a “Second Honeymoon” and to see me work.Then we had 12th row tickets at Roy Thompson Hall to see The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra with vocalist Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. The show was brilliant, my parents met the artist and my mother swooned as she got Mr. B’s autograph. My life has been filled with music – thanks to my parents. My Dad’s favorite song was “A Woman, a Lover, a Friend” by Jackie Wilson. That’s the way he felt about my mother.I miss him, the man who loved us all unconditionally! I remember him giving me advice from his hospital bed. He may not have been my biological father but he was my father in every sense of the word. I dedicate the Christian’s song, “Father”, to my Dad." - Michael E. Williams

Johnny Cash & FamilyJohnny Cash & FamilyDon Graham has sent an insight about my dad, me, and my music, “ I don’t know about others but for me it was my mom who encouraged me and my dad who discouraged me. At least that’s what I thought at the time. Years later, I realized he was just reacting out of concern for my welfare. It’s a mom’s job to nurture and encourage and a dad’s job to direct and educate about the realities of life. Along the way dad tried to warn me of the hardships of an entertainer’s life and I should really think about it before committing. First of all I don’t think many of us actually sat down and decided “music is going to be my life” at a specific moment in time I know for me it was gradual. I was working in a music store and working weekends in town in a band. Then one weekend was out of town so I took some time off. Then a week off. Basically I woke up one day with a 17 year hole in my resume. However once it was clear that I was going to make music my life dad totally supported me in every way and, although not the life he would have chosen for me, was very proud of me and my modest accomplishments. I thank you dad all these years later for not standing in my way and encouraging me to be my own man. I hope I made you proud and lived up to expectations of carrying on your good name. See you when I get there, Got some things to talk about.”

“My father, Dr. Gerald FitzGibbon was truly a great man and a proud Canadian. Dad’s well lived mantra of "Jump in, do it, stick to it, get it done, soldier on", enabled him to touch and enrich many lives, receiving great medals and awards. He was one of only 10 Canadians, including four governors general to belong to receive both the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Canada. My father was more than a great man; he was my Dad, who also proudly wore the medal of #1 Dad. Thank you Dad for always being there and encouraging my creative path!”
FITZGIBBON, Dr. Gerald Michael ( 1926- 2008) Retired Wing Commander, CM, OMM, CD, LRCP&S(Ireland), LMCC, FRCPC, FACC, FACP Member, Order of Canada Officer, Order of Military Merit Officer, Order of St. John of Jerusalem Canadian Forces Decoration Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal. Gillian FitzGibbon, RGD

Rod Stewart as a DaddyRod Stewart as a DaddySo Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads out there. It takes a special man to make a difference in a child’s life and I salute all of you who have taken the father figure role to heart, whether they are your own children by birth or not.

Our wonderful 'jukebox guy' at has once again done a great job at creating a themed Dad’s Day jukebox so enjoy!

A guide to the Father’s Day Jukebox by Lee Vyborny:

The songs in the Father’s Day Jukebox will all play in order, but you can also choose to play them one-by-one.  They are arranged in sections as shown in the Playlist - which you can open while the music continues to play in the background.   Most of the songs are familiar popular and country music tunes of the 1950s to 1980s.  For sentimental occasions such as Father’s Day, country songs seem to evoke the most lasting images and emotions with their simple melodies, words, and stories.

We open the collection with the quintessential “Daddy’s Home” by Shep & the Limelighters.  In the next section the Ladies Sing about Their Daddies.  If you don’t have time to play them all, you should give the super sweet “Daddy’s Girl” by Red Sovine a listen.

Her Wilder Days is the next group.  Here I would select the dulcet tones of the Bellamy Brother’s “Sugar Daddy” as a number you may not have heard for a while.  Men and Their Children includes Harry Chapin’s original “Cats in the Cradle” and Andy Kim’s “Tricia, Tell Your Daddy” which speaks of the Nixon White House.

Daddy is in the Doghouse features John Denver’s “Daddy, Please Don’t Come Home Drunk This Christmas” and “To Daddy” by Emmylou Harris – a real surprise!  Preaching and Singing Daddies follows with “Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)” by Merle Haggard as the pick of the litter.  The next grouping is Papa and Mama Dance where “Mom & Dad’s Waltz” by Lefty Frizzell stands out.

The final section includes Songs of Remembrance with the evocative “The Old Man” by John McDermott.  That group leads up to our close with Billie Jo Spears’ “Daddy, I Love You”. 

Enjoy the music, and quietly shed a tear or two if a song strikes a chord or leads you back home.

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