Son of My Father

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For the Giorgio Moroder album of the same name, see Son of My Father (Giorgio Moroder album).
"Son of My Father"
Single by Chicory Tip
from the album Son of My Father
Released 1972
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1971
Genre Glam rock
Length 3:02
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte

"Son of My Father" is a song popularised in 1972 by Chicory Tip.

The song was originally written by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte and recorded under the moniker Giorgio in 1971. A copy of Giorgio's version found its way to studio manager Roger Easterby who persuaded British band Chicory Tip to record it in English. The song produced by Easterby and Des Champ is notable as the first UK number one single to prominently feature a synthesizer, in this case a Moog synthesizer played by Chris Thomas. The song reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in February 1972.[1] Moroder's original version failed to chart in the UK, although it peaked at No. 34[2] on the US Cashbox pop charts and slightly lower on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the same year a German version, "Nachts Scheint Die Sonne" (In the Night Shines the Sun), was recorded with Michael Holm on vocals - this was a minor hit in Germany. The next year, Finnish musician Danny recorded a Finnish-language version, "Maantieltä taloon" (From the road to the house).

Since its release, the tune of the chorus of "Son of My Father" has been regularly used on the terraces of British football grounds.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the synthesizer solo from this song was used in the Polish public TV as an intro to sport magazines.

The song was used in Life on Mars series 2 in 2007.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 270. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]

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Preceded by
"Telegram Sam" by T Rex
UK number one single
19 February 1972 for three weeks
Succeeded by
"Without You" by Nilsson