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Songs for Dads

Fathers' Day Songs

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Facts and Brief History

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

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