Color Him Father
|"Color Him Father"|
|Single by The Winstons|
|A-side||Color Him Father|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues|
|Writer(s)||Richard Lewis Spencer|
It was released in 1969, and reached number 2 on the R&B charts and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year. Its composer, Richard Lewis Spencer, won a Grammy Award for Best R&B song in 1970.
"Color Him Father" is one of the best known songs by The Winstons. It was released as a single, and the B-side contained a song titled "Amen, Brother". "Amen, Brother" contains what has now become one of the most heavily sampled drum breaks in the history of electronic music, especially jungle and breakbeat hardcore. This break has become known as the Amen Break.
"Color Him Father" is an unabashedly sentimental song in which a boy expresses his love for his stepfather, a hardworking and generous man who married his widowed mother, who had seven children, and embraced them as his own after her first husband was "killed in the war." ("She said she thought that she could never love again/And then there he stood with that big, wide grin.") The song's lyrics resonated strongly with the public in 1969, the height of the Vietnam War. The word "color," in the song, means "label" or "call."
- Linda Martell had a Top 25 country hit in 1969 with her version of the song.
- Keb' Mo' covered the song on his 2001 album Big Wide Grin