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Daddy – Sammy Kaye

January 27, 2022

Today’s song of the day is an American big band, swing, and jazz song, “Daddy (Papito),” by Sammy Kaye.

Fun Facts:

  • The song was recorded using the band name “Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye.”
  • Outside of being used as a band name, “Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye” was Sammy Kaye’s personal tagline, one which was famous throughout the big band era.
  • It reached Billboard’s top spot on June 21, 1941, where it would remain for eight full weeks.
  • The track was written by Bobby Troup, a singer and songwriter in his own right, and featured vocals by The Kaye Choir.
  • Originally released as a single, “Daddy” has since been featured on a number of album collections, including America Swings: The Great Sammy Kaye and Songs that Won the War.
  • The song was recorded on March 31, 1941, and released on April 25, 1941.
  • In 1957, songwriter Bobby Troup released his own recording of the big band hit.
  • A number of other artists also recorded their own versions of the song, including Julie London (Bobby Troup’s wife), Joan Merrill, Sallie Blair, Joanie Sommers with The Bobby Troup Sextet, and Deborah Shulman and The Ted Howe Trio.
  • Sammy Kaye was a proficient player of both the saxophone and clarinet, although he never actually included solos of his own playing in any of his music.
  • The members of Kaye’s band, either as musicians or vocalists, included Ralph Flanagan, Don Cornell, Billy Williams, Tommy Ryan, Gary Willner, Barry Frank, Tony Russo, and Nancy Norman.



Ladada ladada da dada

Ladada ladada da dada

Ladada ladada da dada

Da da da da da da da da da da

Hey, listen to my story ’bout a gal named Daisy Mae

Lazy Daisy Mae

Her disposition is rather sweet and charming

At times alarming, so they say

Da da da da da da da

Da da da da da da da da

She has a man who’s tall, dark, handsome, large, and strong

To whom she used to sing this song

Hey, daddy, I want a diamond ring, bracelets, everything

Daddy, you oughta get the best for me lee-ya lee-ya

Hey, daddy, gee, don’t I look swell in sables?

Clothes with Paris labels?

Daddy, you oughta get the best for me, la da da da da da

Here’s an amazing revelation

With a bit of stimulation

I’d be a great sensation

I’d be your inspiration

Daddy, I want a brand new car, champagne, caviar

Daddy, you oughta get the best for me