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Daddy’s Home by Shep and The Limelites

Shep and The Limlites Daddy's Home

Doo Wop

Another one of the beautifully sung doo wop golden oldies is “Daddy’s Home.” It was co-written by lead singer James “Shep” Sheppard and William Miller and became a hit for Shep and The Limelites in 1961. The song went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B Chart. Shep had earlier success with the doo wop R&B group The Hearbeats, especially with their song “A Thousand Miles Away” in 1956, but the group broke up. Roulette/Rama bought the rights from the Hull label and reissued “A Thousand Miles Away” in 1960. It charted, and Shep formed what became known as Shep and The Limelites with Clarence Basset (who had sung with The Five Sharps) and Charles Baskerville (who had sung with The Videos). “Daddy’s Home” was an answer to “A Thousand Miles Away.” It has been covered by numerous artists, including P.J. Proby, Jermaine Jackson, Toots and the Maytals, and Cliff Richard.

Here are the lyrics to “Daddy’s Home” by Shep and The Limelites:

“You’re my love, you’re my angel
You’re the girl of my dreams
I’d like to thank you for waiting patiently
Daddy’s home, daddy’s home to stay

How I’ve waited for this moment to be by your side
Your best friend wrote and told me
You had teardrops in your eyes
Daddy’s home, daddy’s home to stay

It wasn’t on a Sunday
(Monday and Tuesday went by)
It wasn’t on a Tuesday afternoon
(All I could do was cry)
But I made a promise that you treasured
I made it back home to you

How I’ve waited for this moment to be by your side
Your best friend wrote and told me
You had teardrops in your eyes
Daddy’s home, daddy’s home to stay

Daddy’s home to stay
I’m not a thousand miles away”

For another song by The Heartbeats: “A Thousand Miles Away.”

If you are interested in purchasing and listening to more music by Shep and The Limelites, please consider this: Very Best Of / Daddy’s Home

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  1. […] in 1959. Sheppard formed Shep and The Limelites with new group members and had success with “Daddy’s Home,” which was an answer song to “A Thousand Miles […]

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