“I Don’t Call Him Daddy”
Written by Reed Nielsen
#1 (2 weeks)
December 17 – December 25, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
December 10 – December 31, 1993
Doug Supernaw closes out 1993 with his sole No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
Doug Supernaw was yet another talented young traditional artist from Texas, who honed his craft on the local music scene. He was discovered in the early nineties and signed to BNA, which released his Red and Rio Grande set. Its first single, “Honky Tonkin’ Fool,” was a minor hit, and he broke through with the top five hit, “Reno.” His third single was originally recorded by Kenny Rogers, who had little success with it in 1988. Supernaw took it all the way to the top.
The No. 1
If Supernaw was only going to have one No. 1 hit, at least it’s a bona fide classic.
“I Don’t Call Him Daddy” captures the anguish of a father who is doing his best to provide for his song after breaking up with mom, but is on the sidelines while the new man of the house gives the day-to-day guidance and support that he wishes he could provide himself.
“He is quite the little man, growing up as fast as he can. And I don’t get to see him half as much as I had planned.”
Supernaw got some pushback from adoptive stepfathers, but was able to calm them by sharing that he had adopted his own stepchildren. His ability to play this role with such empathy is a credit to his talent as a singer.
The Road From No. 1
Red and Rio Grande eventually went gold, with the title track being the final single and peaking with in the top thirty. His second BNA album, Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Mind, was less successful, though a label change to Giant brought him a final top five hit with “Not Enough Hours in the Night.” After that project, he recorded for some minor labels, and he continued to be a popular draw on the concert circuit. Sadly, his career ended too soon because of a fatal bout with cancer, which claimed his life in 2020. He was sixty years old.
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