Monday, November 17, 2008

DOUBLE FEATURE – DADDY COOL AND EDD BRYNES


The term “Daddy” and its variants, “Daddy-O” (or Daddio) and “Dad” have been through some time and changes. It goes back at least to the 1940s when NOLA disc jockey Vernon Winslow used it as part of his on-air moniker. I remember it mostly from the 1950s and the hepcat-beatnik era. In 1957, the doo-wop group The Rays released what would become their big hit, “Silhouettes” with “Daddy Cool” on the flip side. Flip side. There’s a term that the iPod generation won’t understand. It means the song on the other side of a record, sometimes called the B-side. Records are flat discs that look something like CDs but are way cooler. Then, if you’re of a certain age, like me, you probably remember the TV show 77Sunset Strip (1958-64) and Kookie, the Edd Byrnes character Kookie was the valet-parking-detective-wannabe-hair-combing-heartthrob of the show. Kookie called everybody Dad, the same way kids today call everybody Dude. I think Dude is fine, but I’m secretly hoping Daddio will make a comeback. In fact, I think I’ll start using it on my male friends and see what happens. I invite any of you out there in the Blogiverse to do the same. Daddio hasn’t really gone away; it’s just waiting there for someone to re-cooligize it. We can do it!

Here are the two YouTube videos for our double bill of hits. I think they’re both real gone, daddio. (Now doesn't that sound great?!)











Daddy Cool video by YT member ladyrockndoowop
Kookie, Kookie video by YT member GjuroKaiser
Photo at www.tvparty .com

5 comments:

ladyrockndoowop said...

What a delightful oldies site. Very nice indeed.

Ladyrockndoowop ☺ ☺ ☺ ♪♫

mike said...

Now that was a neat video. Wonder why those shows are not on TV Seems to that besides 77 there was surfside six and another

mike said...

Speaking of b sides. Does anyone remember 45's with 4 songs on them? I remember an elvis 45 like that. or 45's with sound alike artists with perhaps as many as 3 songs per side?

Small City Scenes said...

I've got a stack of Elvis 45's. Wow--we all go WAY back. What fun. MB

Deborah Godin said...

@ ladyrockndoowop - Thank you, thank you very much (Elvis voice)

@ Mike
I don't know why those shows aren't on either. I do have a channel on my dish that is oldie show like Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days but nothing like Sunset Strip or Surfside 6. Maybe now that Obama is in they'll bring back Hawaiian Eye (not to be confused with Five-O).

I didn't remember the multi-hit 45s from the 60s, but came across them when I was writing Papa Do Run. I'll bet some of them are collectors items now.

@ SmallCityScenes - Yup, one of the fringe benefits of being old now - we got the good stuff to listen to!