Doug Supernaw – I Don’t Call Him Daddy, is a song written by American songwriter Reed Nielsen. It was initially recorded by Kenny Rogers on his 1987 album I Prefer the Moonlight, and was released in October 1993 by Doug Supernaw as the third single from his debut album Red and Rio Grande. Supernaw’s version was his only number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, peaking there in December 1993.
Takes the point of view of a divorced father whose ex-wife now has a live-in boyfriend. In the first verse, the divorced father phones his son, and the son in the chorus mentions that he could only call his biological father “daddy” and nobody else.
In his book Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary, author Richard Carlin describes Supernaw’s version of the song as “raising the ire of stepfathers everywhere” because the son does not accept his stepfather. Michael McCall, reviewing Red and Rio Grande for Allmusic, called it an “anthem for divorced fathers.”
Doug Supernaw – I Don’t Call Him Daddy
From the album Red and Rio Grande
B-side “I Would Have Loved You All Night Long”
Released October 2, 1993
Songwriter(s) Reed Nielsen
Producer(s) Richard Landis