“Daddy’s Home” Performed by Shep & The Limelites (1961) & Jermaine Jackson (1972)

June 11, 2011


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#2 Pop,  #4 R&B

This is a very, very special song for me.

My parents separated when I was of pre-school age so I wasn’t raised with my Dad in home — but he would visit me and when I got older I would go to visit him every weekend with his the “other family.”

But, before I was able to understand about separation and divorce I just understood that whenever my Daddy would come to see me he would barrel in the door of my grandparents home singing “Daddy’s Home” and to this day (in fact while writing this post) the song will bring tears to my eyes depending on my emotional stability at the time I hear it.

I still have the 45 rpm of the original Shep & The Limelites do-wop hit because of it’s specially held memories. I would play it over and over on my little box record player and sing along if I hadn’t seen my Dad in a while, hoping for his next fun-filled visit.

Shep was really James Sheppard of Jamaica, Queens, New York. He sand so well on the street corner that an established group, The Hearts, hired his as their lead singer when they heard him sing. The group has some local success but eventually disbanded in 1959 after some drama within among the group members.

Shep ran a restaurant for a few years and sang solo gigs on the the side,  until her ran into two old singing friends and formed Shep & The Limelites in 1961. This group eventually disbanded in 1966 leaving the legacy of this classic love ballad written as the sequel to “A Thousand Miles Away” that Shepard had written earlier about a girlfriend of his:  this B-side recording was made with the Heartbeats (formerly the Hearts)in 1957.

Shepperd was robbed, beaten and killed in 1970.

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#3 R&B, #9 Pop

A decade or so goes by and like all other teenage girls I was in love with the Jackson 5.  I thought Jackie was one of the most gorgeous boys I had ever seen,  but decided he would think I was too young for him so I fixated on Jermaine — until he married Hazel Gordy instead of me and broke my heart (LOL).

During my Jermaine obsession I of course purchased every one of his solo ventures and his rendition of “Daddy’s Home”  appeared on his very first self-titles solo LP apart from the J5 group.

Jermaine was the original lead singer of the J5 until they signed on with Motown. The label  decided to featured his younger brother Michael who became the breakout super star. Jermaine was relegated to one or two leads and/or co-leads  per J5 LP and so  broke out on his own.

It is most unfortunate the Jermaine did not put some hard work into his solo career instead of resting on his baby brother’s laurels. He would have had a fine career as a balladeer IMHO. Such wasted talent, again IMHO.

Shep’s original outing of “Daddy’s Home” bested Jermaine’s cover version on the Pop Charts, but Jermaine’s cover beat out Shep’s original one notch on the R&B charts. Which is your favorite version?  Post a comment below and share your thoughts.

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This is a live version of “Daddy’s Home” that the J5 sang in their Seventies concerts, with Jermaine on lead of course.  This track is from the 1974 live LP “In Japan.” It is a favorite in my music collection. Hope you enjoy it as well.

“Daddy’s Home” – Composed by William Miller & James Sheppard

You’re my love, you’re my angel (rat-a-tat),
You’re the girl of my dreams.
I’d like to thank you (rat-a-tat),
For waiting patiently.
((Daddy’s home, daddy’s home to stay.))


How I’ve waited for this moment (rat-a-tat),
To be by your side.
Your best friend wrote and told me (rat-a-tat),
You had teardrops in your eyes.
((Daddy’s home, daddy’s home to stay.))

[Bridge:]
It wasn’t on a Sunday.
((Monday and Tuesday went by.))
It wasn’t on a Tuesday afternoon.
((All I could do was cry.))
But I made a promise that you treasured (oop-doo-wop).
I made it back (oop-doo-wop) home to you.
(La-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.)

((How I’ve waited for this moment,))
To be by your side.
Your best friend wrote and told me (rat-a-tat),
You had teardrops in your eyes.
((Daddy’s home, daddy’s home to stay.))

((Daddy’s home to stay.))
I’m not a thousand miles away.

Musically Yours,

 

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1 SupaStarry June 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Oh my SonDan! i LOVE this song so much!
The first time i heard it was by Jermaine (i love J5 and had a thing for Jermaine AND Marlon lol) and im a doo wop lover so i love the original too.

P.S. aww! i have a daddy song too! my daddy died when i was young. he used to work a night job and when he would come in late, Dont Leave Me Girl Blackstreet would be playing low on the radio. that stuck. i cant listen to that song without thinking about how he used to bring me to my bed (i would fall asleep next to my mom and even though i would hear him come in, i would pretend to be asleep so he’d have to carry me to my bed lol). memories…

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