Fathers' Day is a special day to honor not only our dads but those who've been a father figure to us. In the United States, Fathers' Day falls on the third Sunday of the month of June.
It is believed that the idea for a "fathers' day" started in 1909 when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, after hearing mass on Mothers' Day, realized that fathers like her own dad, William Jackson Smart, should also be honored. William Smart lost his wife after she gave birth to their sixth child. After her death, William Smart raised all his six children, a huge responsibility for any single parent. It is because of William Smart's selfless love that Sonora thought of having a "fathers' day" and this idea spread throughout her Spokane, Washington hometown.
On June 19, 1910, the first celebration of Fathers' Day occurred which was also the birthday of William Smart. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge would further support this day and in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared that Fathers' Day be celebrated every third Sunday of June. Finally in 1972, President Richard Nixon made Fathers' Day a permanent national observance.
To honor that special man in your life, here are several links to songs about and in honor of Dads with links to lyrics, music videos/samples and sheet music. Happy Fathers' Day!
Songs for Dads
Father and Son - Cat Stevens
Father and Daughter - Paul Simon
Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
Papa Can You Hear Me? - Barbra Streisand
Daddy's Little Girl - Karla Bonoff
Just The Two Of Us - Will Smith
Seein' My Father In Me - Paul Overstreet
Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle