That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine

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"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine"
Single by Gene Autry and Jimmy Long
Released1935 (1935)
Songwriter(s)Gene Autry, Jimmy Long
Gene Autry and Jimmy Long singles chronology
"Cowboy's Heaven"
"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine"
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds"

"That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine" was the first hit song of American cowboy entertainer Gene Autry, a duet with fellow railroad man, Jimmy Long, which Autry and Long co-wrote. Written and recorded in 1931, the single achieved greatest popularity in 1935 on Vocalion 02991,[1] selling 5 million copies.[2] It was featured in the 1935 Western films Tumbling Tumbleweeds and The Phantom Empire.

The lyrics are addressed to the elderly father of the narrator; they wish to repay him for the trouble they have caused him.

The song was covered by The Everly Brothers on their 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us and by Simon & Garfunkel on their albums Old Friends and Live 1969.

In popular culture[edit]

  • On the children's show, Sesame Street, Herry Monster sings a song called "Furry Blue Mommy of Mine", which shows just how much he appreciates and loves his mother. This song is a parody of "That Silver Haired-Daddy of Mine".[3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 101. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2, illustrated ed.). Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20480-4. rudolph.
  3. ^ Herry sings Furry Blue Mommy of Mine