Big Daddy (band)

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Big Daddy
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresComedy rock, parody, novelty
Years active1975–2012; 2013-present
LabelsOglio Records, Rhino Records
Past members1991 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 comedy rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. They were among the first groups to create mashups - in this case, of "oldies" music and modern pop songs. The members of the band are voice actors, best known for portraying the voices of the animals in Lincoln Park Zoo, an animated short produced throughout the 1980s.


Big Daddy was formed as an oldies cover band in Los Angeles 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 Show. They placed twice on Stereophile's 'Records to Die For' list of albums, consecutively 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[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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