Daddy Who? Daddy Cool

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Daddy Who?... Daddy Cool
Daddy Who? Daddy Cool (Daddy Cool album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Daddy Cool
Released July 1971
Recorded 1971
Armstrong Studios, Melbourne
Genre Australian rock
Label Sparmac (Australia)
Warner/Reprise (U.S.)
Wizard (Australia)
Producer Robie Porter
Daddy Cool chronology
Daddy Who?... Daddy Cool
(1971)
Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven
(1972)
Singles from Daddy Who?... Daddy Cool
  1. "Eagle Rock"
    Released: May, 1971
  2. "Come Back Again"
    Released: September, 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Daddy Who?... Daddy Cool was the debut album by Australian rock band Daddy Cool. Released in July, 1971 it was the first on Robie Porter's Sparmac label. It was the first Australian album to make #1 nationally[2] and stayed at #1 for seven weeks, it smashed all previous sales records - gold within a month - an unprecedented 60,000 copies sold in its initial release, and went on to become the first Australian LP to sell more than 100,000 copies.[3][4]

The album was originally issued in a textured cover and featured a cartoon rendering of band members by Melbourne artist Ian McCausland (see infobox at right) which became the group's logo. While Daddy Cool's guitarist, Ross Hannaford, was responsible for overall album cover design, McCausland created the band's graphics and much of their visual image.[5] Most of the original songs were written by guitarist, vocalist Ross Wilson except "Bom Bom", which was co-written with Hannaford.[6] The rest of the album contained 1950s R&B covers - The Rivals' "Guided Missiles", Etta James' "Good Rockin' Daddy", Marvin & Johnny's "Cherry Pie", The Rays' "Daddy Cool" and Chuck Berry's "School Days".[5]

Daddy Who?... Daddy Cool was also released in the US on the Warner/Reprise label and the band toured in support of its release. Two singles were lifted from the album: "Eagle Rock" #1 on the Australian national singles chart and "Come Back Again" which reached #3.[7]

The album was re-issued in 1975 (with different sleeve under the title Daddy Who? Daddy Gold!) on Wizard Records (also owned by Porter) and in 1982, with the original artwork but non-gatefold sleeve.

The Australian release on Sparmac Records contains different tracks than the US Release on Reprise Records five months later. The Australian release includes the tracks "Good Rockin' Daddy" and "Cherry Pie" not found on the Reprise Records edition. The US release includes the tracks "Flip", "Lollipop" and "Just As Long As We're Together" not found on the Sparmac Records edition.

In October 2010, it was listed at No. 14 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ross Wilson unless otherwise indicated.[6]

Australian release
Side one
  1. "Daddy Cool" (Frank Slay/Bob Crewe) - 2:31
  2. "School Days" (Chuck Berry) - 3:03
  3. "Come Back Again" - 4:51
  4. "At The Rockhouse" - 3:42
  5. "Guided Missile" (Alfred Gaitwood) - 3:02
  6. "Good Rockin' Daddy" (Richard Berry/Joseph Bihari as "Joe Josea") - 2:21
Side two
  1. "Eagle Rock" - 4:07
  2. "Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac" - 3:56
  3. "Blind Date" - 4:12
  4. "Bom Bom" (Ross Wilson/Ross Hannaford) - 2:34
  5. "Cherry Pie" (Joseph Bihari as "Joe Josea"/Marvin Phillips) - 3:40
US release
Side one
  1. "Daddy Cool" (Frank Slay/Bob Crewe) - 2:31
  2. "School Days (Ring Goes The Bell)" (Chuck Berry) - 3:03
  3. "Come Back Again" - 4:51
  4. "At The Rockhouse" - 3:42
  5. "Guided Missile" (Alfred Gaitwood) - 3:02
  6. "Flip" (Carl Green) - 2:26
Side two
  1. "Eagle Rock" - 4:07
  2. "Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac" - 3:55
  3. "Blind Date" - 4:12
  4. "Bom Bom" (Ross Wilson/Ross Hannaford) - 2:34
  5. "Lollipop" (Beverly Ross/Julius Dixon) - 1:36
  6. "Just As Long As We're Together" - 2:32

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1

Personnel[edit]

Daddy Cool members[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Robie Porter — piano, steel guitar
  • Jeremy Noone — saxophone
  • Dave Brown — tenor saxophone, flute

Additional credits[edit]

  • Robie Porter — producer
  • Roger Savage — engineer
  • Ross Hannaford — cover design
  • Ian McCausland — cover graphics

Release history[edit]

Format Country Label Catalogue No. Date
LP AUS Sparmac SPL 001 July 1971
LP US Warner/Reprise RS 6471 November 1971
LP AUS Wizard ZL 214 1975
LP AUS Wizard MID-160005 1982

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Daddy Cool". Howlspace. Archived from the original on 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  3. ^ Blackman, Guy (2007-02-27). "Who's your daddy?". The Age. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  4. ^ "ARIA presents the 2006 ARIA Hall of Fame". ARIA. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Daddy Cool". Milesago. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on January 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
Preceded by
Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
30 August–17 October 1971
Succeeded by
Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart