Big Daddy (band)

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Big Daddy
Origin California, United States
Genres Rock 'n' roll, comedy rock, pop
Years active 1975–present
Labels Oglio Records, Rhino Records
Past members 1991 line-up[1]
Bob Wayne
Marty Kaniger
Tom Lee
Don Raymond
John Hatton
Norman A. Norman
Bob Sandman
Damon D. Grignon

Big Daddy is an American satire/parody band, and voice actors that was among the first groups to create mashups - in this case, of oldies and modern pop songs. They are best known for the voices of the Rhinoceros, the Lion, the Giraffe, the Penguin, the Alligator, the Gorilla, the Turtle, the Snake, the Ostrich, and the Elephant in the animated cartoon short produced by Kurtz and Friends, Lincoln Park Zoo, which is shown on Sesame Street in 1986.


Big Daddy was formed as an oldies cover band in Southern California in the 1970s as "Big Daddy Dipstick and the Lube Jobs". They later started playing mashups, which were released on Rhino Records.[2]

As with "Weird Al" Yankovic, the band had its first breakthrough on the Doctor Demento radio show. They twice placed on Stereophile's 'Records to Die For' list of albums, in 1994 and 1995.[3][4]

In 2012 the reformed band raised over $36,000 through Kickstarter to record the album Smashing Songs of Stage and Screen.[5] The same year, choreographer Adam Houghland used music from Big Daddy's catalog for his contemporary ballet piece, Mashup.[6]




  • 1983: Big Daddy aka What Really Happened to the Band of '59[7]
  • 1985: Meanwhile... Back in the States
  • 1991: Cutting Their Own Groove
  • 1992: Sgt. Pepper's
  • 1994: Chantmania (as The Benzedrine Monks of Santo Domonica)
  • 2000: The Best of Big Daddy
  • 2013: Smashing Songs of Stage and Screen
  • 2014: Cruisin' Through the Rhino Years



  1. ^ Big Daddy at AllMusic
  2. ^ Hill, Charles G. (March 6, 2009). "The legend of Big Daddy". Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "1994 Records To Die For". Stereophile. February 19, 1994. p. 9. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1995 Records To Die For". Stereophile. February 6, 1995. p. 15. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Smashing Songs of Stage and Screen". Kickstarter. September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
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  7. ^ Hill, Charles G. (October 25, 2011). "The Big Daddy discography, annotated and HTMLed". Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 57. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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