I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)

Album: Cocktail Hour (1911)

Songfacts®:

  • According to Derek Scott in The Singing Bourgeois, Harry Von Tilzer coined the phrase Tin Pan Alley. Whether or not that is true, he certainly composed the music for "I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)." The lyrics were written by William Dillon (1877–1966), and it was his - though not Von Tilzer's - biggest hit.
  • The song was first published at New York by Harry Von Tilzer Music, copyright 1911, credited to him and Will Dillon. Obviously this is a song for mothers everywhere - except perhaps Jocasta in Greek mythology! It has been widely recorded, and was sung by Larry Parks in the 1946 biopic The Jolson Story; it was also parodied by Jesse Goldberg in a tribute to Hillary Clinton. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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