Oh Daddy (Fleetwood Mac song)

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"Oh Daddy"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
B-side"I Don't Want to Know" (Japan only)
GenreBlues rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut
Rumours track listing

"Oh Daddy" is a song written by Christine McVie that was first performed by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac as the tenth song off their 1977 album Rumours. It was also released as a single in Japan.


Christine McVie wrote "Oh Daddy" for the band's drummer, Mick Fleetwood. At the time, Fleetwood was the only father of the band, with two daughters.[1][2] Fleetwood has listed the song as one of his favorite Fleetwood Mac songs of all time.[3] However, both Lindsey Buckingham's former girlfriend Carol Ann Harris and Stevie Nicks' biographer Zoe Howe have written that the song was originally written for the band's lighting director, who McVie had been dating at the time.[4][5] Both Harris and Howe say McVie only later claimed that the song was written for Fleetwood.[4][5]

For a while, the song was known as 'Addy' due to a technical mishap. Ken Caillat, the band's producer, had made the mistake while playing back a take. "We were going to do some overdubs, and while rewinding the tape, a portable tape oscillator fell on the machine, sending it into free-wheel – the reels were spinning out of control. I jumped on the machine to stop it - and snapped the tape! Oh, man... [laughs] We listened back and there it was: ‘Oh ‘addy.’ The ‘D’ part of Christine’s vocal was cut off. My heart sunk."[6]

Near the end of the song, McVie plays some random notes on the keyboard.[7] These were not originally intended to be part of the song, and McVie only played them to get the attention of the control room.[7] But the band liked them so they did not remove them from the finished song.[7]

The song was played consistently throughout the band's Rumours and Tusk world tours, and resurfaced for the 1997 The Dance tour before disappearing once again. Producer Ken Caillat described "Oh Daddy" as "a beautiful, airy song." He noted that getting the proper tempo was particularly tricky, since it tended to sound rushed at a quicker tempo but lethargic at a slower pace.[8] Fleetwood Mac biographer Cath Carroll praises McVie's vocal and describes the song as "a sexy, old English version of The Rolling Stones' 'Fool to Cry'."[9]



  1. ^ Fleetwood, Mick; Bozza, Anthony (October 2014). Play On: Now Then & Fleetwood Mac. 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104: Little, Brown and Company. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-316-40342-9.
  2. ^ Fleetwood, Mick; Bozza, Anthony (October 2014). Play On: Now Then & Fleetwood Mac. 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104: Little, Brown and Company. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-316-40342-9.
  3. ^ Bosso, Joe. "Mick Fleetwood: My 11 Greatest Recordings of All Time - Oh Daddy (1977)". MusicRadar. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Harris, Carol Ann (2009). Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781569764992.
  5. ^ a b Howe, Zoe (2014). Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours. Music Sales Limited. ISBN 9781783231287.
  6. ^ Bosso, Joe. "Fleetwood Mac's classic album Rumours track-by-track - Oh Daddy". MusicRadar. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Baker, J.I.; et al. (2015). "Fleetwood Mac: 40 Years Later: John, Christine, Stevie, Mick and Lindsey—Together Again". Life Magazine. p. 68.
  8. ^ Caillat, Ken & Stiefel, Steve (2012). Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album. Wiley & Sons. pp. 74–80, 122. ISBN 9781118218082.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Carroll, Cath (2004). Never Break the Chain: Fleetwood Mac and the Making of Rumours. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781556525452.