Song of the Day: Paul Petersen, “My Dad”

Actor Carl Betz, who played Dr. Alex Stone on the 1958-66 TV series The Donna Reed Show and Clinton Judd on the 1967-69 TV series Judd, For The Defense, would be 100 years old today. In this scene from Season 5, Episode 6 of Donna Reed, Jeff (Paul Petersen) sings this song to his TV dad, and when he’s finished, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and reached #6 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #19 on the R&B chart.

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Paul Petersen, “My Dad”

    1. What I like about that whole thing is watching Carl Betz, as the father, trying to hold it together. You can see the pride and love he has for his son (and vice versa), but those were the days when men didn’t cry.


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