Don't Cry Daddy

"Don't Cry Daddy"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "Rubberneckin'"
Released November 1969
Format 45 rpm
Recorded January 15, 1969
Genre Country
Length 2:50
Writer(s) Scott Davis
Certification Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
Suspicious Minds Don't Cry Daddy Kentucky Rain

"Don't Cry Daddy" is a song written by Mac Davis, recorded by Elvis Presley in 1969.


The song was written by Scott Davis (also known as Mac Davis) and recorded by Elvis Presley on January 15 and 21, 1969 and released as a single. The rhythm track was laid down on 15 January and Elvis' vocal overdub on the 21st. Some speculate that it is a consolation song, considering that Elvis's father became a widower upon the death of his wife in 1958. The song reached #6 in the U.S.[2] and #8 in the U.K.

Live recordings were made during his second season in Las Vegas during February 1970 and several of these have been released. However, during the dinner show on 13 August 1970 at the International Hotel he recorded a version that led seamlessly into "In the Ghetto".


In 1997 Lisa Marie Presley made a video of "Don't Cry Daddy", where she sings it as a duet with her dad. This video was presented on August 16, 1997, at the tribute concert that marked the 20th anniversary of Elvis' death. The video has Elvis' original vocal, to which new instrumentation and Lisa Marie's vocals were added. The recording was not for commercial use. The song created a renewed interest in her as a recording artist, displaying as it did the husky timbre in her voice.[3]


The song takes place in the mind of the husband of the wife and mother who is no longer present. (It is not stated in the lyrics whether her absence is due to death, marital separation, divorce or abandonment). The characters are the father, one of his unnamed children, and a young child named Tommy. The unnamed child begs the father not to cry, saying they will find a new "mommy", and urges the father to play with the children as they did in happier times.


  1. [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002]
  2. [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002]
  3. "Elvis Presley Song 'Don't Cry, Daddy' (1969) — fan comments, trivia, on which CD to buy it". Retrieved 2012-03-23.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 2/15/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.