Daddy's Hands

"Daddy's Hands"
Single by Holly Dunn
from the album Holly Dunn
B-side"Hideaway Heart"
ReleasedAugust 23, 1986
Songwriter(s)Holly Dunn
Producer(s)Tommy West
Holly Dunn singles chronology
"Two Too Many"
"Daddy's Hands"
"A Face in the Crowd"

"Daddy's Hands" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Holly Dunn. It was released in August 1986 as the third and final single from the album Holly Dunn. The song reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]


The song is a tribute to Dunn's father, who was a minister.[2] The song is composed in the key of D major with a moderate tempo in cut time. The main chord pattern is D-A-Bm-G, with a vocal range of A3 to B4.[3] Dunn noted that she did not seek to make anything beyond a Father's Day gift for her father, but she "tapped into a well of emotion". She also noted that the song received very positive reception from fans and listeners, and observed from the song's success that "people like hearing about a family relationship that's stable and loving."[4]

Dunn received two Grammy Award nominations in 1987 for the song: for Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and for Grammy Award for Best Country Song.[5]

The song was also recorded by The Whites on their 1985 album Whole New World.[4][6]

Chart performance[]

Chart (1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 7


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 19044-2006, Second ion. Record Research. p. 113.
  2. ^ Stambler, Irwin; Laudon, Grelon (14 July 2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia. p. 144. ISBN 9780312264871.
  3. ^ "'Daddy's Hands' sheet music". MusicNotes. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "'Daddy's Hands' lifting up Holly Dunn". The Tennessean. November 8, 1986. pp. D1. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Country Summary" (PDF). Gavin Report: 49. January 30, 1987.
  6. ^ "Whole New World". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Holly Dunn Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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