Hans Worst Hits of the 70’s- “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast:- Wayne Newton. We can’t blame Wayne Newton for writing this wretched song-that distinction goes to Peter Callander and Geoff Stephens. Callander also had a hand in writing the equally awful “The Night Chicago Died” and ‘Billy, Don’t Be A Hero.” Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast sold over a million copies and peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart so I guess Callander laughed all the way to the bank.
Mr. Las Vegas only had four hit singles- if asked I could of course name two- Danke Schoen #13 in 1963 and this one in 1969. His others were Red Roses For A Blue Lady #23 in 1965 and one I certainly don’t recall that was in my time- 1980s Years #35. At times I’ve thought when hearing Newton sing that it was a woman singing. Newton has done over 30,000 shows on the Las Vegas strip. I never got his appeal at all- a major no talent.
OK back to this song- I’ve always had a dislike for it- partly due to Newton’s singing, partly due just to the song itself- a 50/50 split. I don’t think Sinatra could have saved this turkey. But the song is one of those songs that some relate to- I remember a girl in high school who told me her favorite song was Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast- I didn’t press her as to why it was her favorite song but I thought I knew -her parents were divorced and she lived with her mother.
Wayne Newton thankfully hasn’t released a new album since 1978. Not that he’s gone away but at least he has quit recording new music. Another thing he should have quit was the plastic surgeries. I mentioned the late Burt Reynolds and Kenny Rogers as bad examples of fellas who just over did it- I forgot Newton- who is now painful to look at. There is nothing wrong with growing old and looking it. Look at Clint Eastwood.
I hope Wayne doesn’t track me down and slap me in the face- as he says he did to Johnny Carson for making jokes about him on The Tonight Show.