Song written by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins in 1967, who was a member of Johnny Cash’s touring show at the time. Carl Perkins was an alcoholic and Cash had been a drug addict who, in finding God, overcame those addictions and then helped Carl Perkins, who spent a lot of time on the road with Cash. Feeling inspired, Perkins wrote the song “Daddy Sang Bass”, wrote about the long songs that many families in the Bible Belt would have after a hard day’s work, with chorus lines from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken ?.
Johnny Cash recorded it in mid-1968 and was released in October of the same year, produced by Bob Johnston, for the Columbia label, the song was included on the album, The Holy Land (Columbia 1969). The song went to number 1 on Billboard’s country chart for 6 weeks and spent a total of 19 weeks on the chart. The single reached the number 56 in the list of singles MGP of Cashbox in 1969. Also, it arrived at number 1 in the Canadian lists.
Carl Perkins also recorded the song for his compilation album the Greatest Hits (Columbia 1969), which became the Top 40 of hits on Billboard’s album list that year.
Some versions :
Dick Nolan 1968 ( Arc Records )
Kitty Wells 1969 ( Decca Records )
The Statler Brothers 1969 ( Columbia )
Glenn Campbell 1970 ( Capitol Records )
Mel Tillis 1973 ( Pickwick Records )
The Oak Ridge Boys 1981 ( Sunbird Records )
Pinkard & Bowden 1984 ( Warner Bros )
Leon Russell 1998 ( Ark 21 Records )