Daddy's Little Girl - Al Martino / Mills Brothers
Song Lyrics / Artist Information / Chart History

  • Probably the single most requested Father / Daughter dance song for weddings of all time
  • Written by Bobby Burke (music) and Horace Gerlach (lyrics) in 1949
  • The original vocal recording was done by The Mills Brothers in January of 1950, and was a #1 hit on the Billboard Charts
  • The Mills Brothers consisted of:
    • John Mills, Jr. (who became ill during a performance for King George V and Queen Mary in England. He passed away as a result of the illness in 1936, and was replaced by father John Mills Sr.)
    • Herbert Mills
    • Harry Mills
    • Donald Mills
  • Also recorded in early 1950 by Dick Todd, his version reached #11 in February of 1950
  • The marketing frenzy created by the song back in the early 50s was a precursor of things to come.  It was used in the wildly popular Dick Tracy comic book series, and contests were run to find pictures of cute little girls to use on the covers of the sheet music
  • The most popular version of the song recognized today was done by Al Martino (born Alfred Cini, 10/7/1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Released in 1967, 
  • Surprisingly enough, Martino's version, while the most requested today, only reached # 57 on the Billboard chart, although it reached #2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart
  • The album "Daddy's Little Girl" reached #23 on the Billboard Magazine albums chart
  • Between 1963 and 1975 Martino would chalk up 11 Top 40 hits
  • Martino portrayed singer "Johnny Fontaine" in the 1972 movie "The Godfather"
  • Prior to his singing career, Martino was in the Marine Corps, and was wounded in action at Iwo Jima in 1945
  • "Daddy's Little Girl" has also been recorded by Eddie Arnold (1957), Frank Fontaine, Dick Todd, and Michael Bolton
  • For those considering the use of this song at their wedding, be advised it is a waltz, in 3/4 time.  You should probably be a reasonably good dancer, or at least get familiar with the song before the big day to avoid feeling somewhat ungainly

Daddy's Little Girl - Song Lyrics

You're the end of the rainbow, 
My pot of gold,
You're daddy's little girl 
To have and hold.
A precious gem 
Is what you are,
You're mommy's bright 
And shining star.

You're the spirit of Christmas, 
My star on the tree,
You're the Easter bunny 
To mommy and me.
You're sugar you're spice, 
You're everything nice,
And you're daddy's little girl.

You're the end of the rainbow, 
My pot of gold,
You're daddy's little girl 
To have and hold.
A precious gem 
Is what you are,
You're mommy's bright 
And shining star.

You're the treasure I cherish 
So sparkling and bright,
You were touched by the holy 
And beautiful light.
Like angels that sing, 
A heavenly thing,
And you're daddy's little girl.

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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Hit Parade - 1950

This is a fun album at an exceptional price, containing some classic songs from 1950.  Not only does it include the version of "Daddy's Little Girl" by The Mills Brothers but it also includes the following:

Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
Goodnight Irene - Gordon Jenkins
The Thing - Phil Harris

...and 20 more!


The Best of Al Martino

If you're looking for the Al Martino version of Daddy's Little Girl, this is where you'll find it.

This CD also includes:
Spanish Eyes
Love Is Blue
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
...and 6 more


Songs I Sing on the Jackie Gleason Show
Frank Fontaine

Here's a somewhat different CD with a lot of songs you probably be familiar with unless you're over 50, (not that there's anything wrong with being over 50, as I recently found out)

Anyway, this CD contains Frankie Fontaine's version of  Daddy's Little Girl, as well as 11 other tracks.


Vintage - Michael Bolton

Are you looking for a version of Daddy's Little Girl that sounds a little more modern and well recorded?

Here's the CD for you.  Michael Bolton's extraordinary voice brings to life several classics from the 40s through the 60s.

In addition to "Daddy's Little Girl", you get:

All The Way
At L
When I Fall In Love

...and 8 more