I Don't Call Him Daddy

"I Don't Call Him Daddy"
Single by Doug Supernaw
from the album Red and Rio Grande
B-side "I Would Have Loved You All Night Long"
Released September 1, 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Country
Length 3:47
Label BNA
Writer(s) Reed Nielsen
Producer(s) Richard Landis
Doug Supernaw singles chronology
"I Don't Call Him Daddy"
"Red and Rio Grande"

"I Don't Call Him Daddy" is a song written by Reed Nielsen. It was initially recorded by Kenny Rogers on his 1987 album I Prefer the Moonlight, and was released in September 1993 by Doug Supernaw as the third single from his debut album Red and Rio Grande. Supernaw's version was his only Number One hit, reaching its peak in December 1993.


"I Don't Call Him Daddy" takes the point of view of a divorced father whose ex-wife now has a live-in boyfriend. In the first verse, the divorced father phones his son, who tells him that he cannot accept his mother's new boyfriend, because the boyfriend cannot "be like" the son's true father.

Recording history

The first version of the song was recorded by Kenny Rogers on his 1987 album I Prefer the Moonlight. Released in 1988 as that album's fourth and final single, it peaked at #86 on the Billboard country singles charts that year. Doug Supernaw covered it in 1993 on his debut album Red and Rio Grande, and issued it late that year as his third single. It was his second Top 40 country hit, and his only Number One.


In his book Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary, author Richard Carlin describes Supernaw's version of the song as "raising the ire of stepfathers everywhere" because the son does not accept his stepfather.[1] Michael McCall, reviewing Red and Rio Grande for Allmusic, called it an "anthem for divorced fathers."[2]

Chart positions

Kenny Rogers

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 86

Doug Supernaw

Chart (1993-1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 27
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
Preceded by
"My Second Home"
by Tracy Lawrence
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

December 18-December 25, 1993
Succeeded by
"Wild One"
by Faith Hill


  1. Carlin, Richard (2003). Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary. Taylor & Francis. p. 393.
  2. McCall, Michael. "Red and Rio Grande review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  3. "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2331." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  4. "Doug Supernaw – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Doug Supernaw.

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