Daddy Cool (The Rays song)

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"Daddy Cool"
Single by The Rays
A-side "Silhouettes"
B-side "Daddy Cool"
Released 1957
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Rock
Label Cameo-Parkway
Songwriter(s) Frank Slay, Bob Crewe

"Daddy Cool" is a song by US doo-wop group The Rays and was released on Cameo Records as the B-side of their 1957 single "Silhouettes". It became a #3 hit on the Billboard Pop singles chart.[1][2][3] The song was written by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay, who had also written the A-side, "Silhouettes".[4] The song became a #1 single on the Australian singles charts when covered by novelty band Drummond in 1971, and remained there for seven weeks.[5] UK cover band Darts also had a hit single with the song, which reached #6 in 1977.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Fellow 1950s doo-wop band The Diamonds, from Canada, covered both sides of The Rays' single "Silhouettes"/"Daddy Cool" in the same year (1957) and saw their version reach #10.[2] UK artists Darts' first ever studio recording was "Daddy Cool" which they released as a 1977 single. It peaked at #6.[2] Guy "Daddy Cool" Darrell released a single on the Warwick label in 1961 entitled "Daddy Cool, Daddy Cool (Daddy Cool, Cool, Cool)". However, it is unrelated to the Rays record except for having been inspired by the title. The Guy Darrell record was written by Gluch-D'Agostino. In 1989, Berkeley pop-punk band Sweet Baby performed a version on their sole album, It's a Girl. Also covered in 1958 by Linden, NJ band the Bonnevilles, with Wayne Tevlin on lead vocals. Tevlin also sang lead on the 1963 release of "One Night" by the Four Kings and on "Sea of Misery", released in 1968 by the Most.

Australian versions[edit]

1970s Australian rock band Daddy Cool "named themselves after the song". They performed their cover version whilst touring Australia, including the Myponga Festival (60 km south of Adelaide, South Australia). In January 1971, they recorded a studio version for their debut album Daddy Who? Daddy Cool, which was released in July 1971.[6][7] This, in turn, was covered by another Australian band, Drummond (pseudonym for Adelaide band Allison Gros),[6] which recorded the song in a Chipmunks style and released it as a novelty single in 1971.[2][8] Already in the National Singles charts at #1 for ten weeks was Daddy Cool's record-breaking hit "Eagle Rock", which was displaced by Drummond's tribute single "Daddy Cool".[5] Drummond aka Allison Gros consisted of Graeham Goble, Russ Johnson and John Mower. They moved to Melbourne and subsequently recorded their own material as Mississippi and then, with the addition of Beeb Birtles, evolved into Little River Band.[2][8]


  1. ^ "Billboard singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Drummond "Daddy Cool"". Pop Archives. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  3. ^ "The American Bandstand 10 best selling records chart for 1957". Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)". APRA. Retrieved 2008-05-10. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  6. ^ a b "Daddy Cool". Milesago. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Albums by Daddy Cool". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  8. ^ a b "Mississippi". Milesago. Retrieved 2008-05-10.