This week’s oldie is from country music.
There aren’t many pop hits that are perfect for Father’s Day but we feature one of them.
The artist is Holly Dunn who was a huge country success in the 1980’s. She penned a letter to her preacher father as a Father’s Day gift and it became a smash, Grammy-nominated record in 1986.
“I could see every time I did ‘Daddy’s Hands,’ people were weeping. It was like: ‘What is going on here?’ I was looking around at the band: ‘Now, what the heck? Something’s really happening when I do this song.’ So, when it came time to try to figure out what the fourth single was going to be, I brought up to the record label guys and I said: ‘Look, something’s happening out here. I don’t know what’s happening but something’s really happening with this song. I think we should consider putting this out because it really seems to be touching people.'”
“Daddy’s Hands” was named one of the top 30 most played songs of all time on country radio.
Then in June of 2016:
“Back in March of this year, I was diagnosed with a rare, very aggressive form of ovarian cancer,” she said in an interview. “If you read the statistics, it is very bleak. Good thing I don’t believe in statistics! I had surgery and now I am having chemo treatments. I have since grown more tumors and it is going to be more of a battle than I anticipated, but I have a huge faith in the healing power of God and the healing power within me that originates from my God. I look towards a future when I am completely healed and cancer free. I ask for prayers of strength and courage as this journey continues.
“My faith is my rock. But I also draw tremendous strength from my family and my family of friends who have gathered around me in total support. Being a Christian, I know that no matter how this chapter ends, I will be OK. Either upright walking on this earth or safe in my Savior’s arms.”
Holly Dunn died last November. She was 59.