July 12

Bobby Bare Jr. Sings “Daddy What If” with His Father


Watching a child sing with his father is such a wonderful thing. It doesn’t matter if their voice isn’t perfect. The only thing that matters is how pure and innocent the child is at that moment. It’s fun to watch how the kid sings his/her heart out like there’s no tomorrow. One perfect example of this is the duet of Bobby Bare and his son, Bobby Bare Jr.

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Bobby Bare and his son, Bobby Bare Jr. Photo from radio.foxnews.com

Bobby Bare and Bobby Bare Jr.

The father and son duet is a must-watch. In this video, you can see a shy little Bare Jr. singing and smiling at his dad while his father sings back to him as he strums his guitar. In this performance, Bare Jr. asks his dad a series of questions, and his father answers him back. We can see how this father and son are truly enjoying the moment together.

If you stopped lovin’ me then the grass would stop growin’
The sun would stop shinin’ and the wind would stop blowin’
So you see if you wanna keep this old world a goin’
You better start lovin’ me again, again, you better start lovin’ me again

“Daddy What If,” a Shel Silverstein-penned Song

The wonderful song “Daddy What If,” was penned by the prolific songwriter and children’s book author Shel Silverstein. The latter wrote songs for other popular country artists such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Tompall Glaser, and others. His song “Daddy What If” was not the only song he wrote for Bare. In fact, Bare recorded an album where all the songs were written by Silverstein. Bare released his all-Silverstein-penned album Lullabys, Legends And Lies in 1973; and he earned his highest-charting album in his entire career.

Bare’s duet with his son was his only single to score spots on the US Billboard Country, Adult Contemporary, and Hot 100 chart. At the same time, it also secured a position on Canadian’s country chart.

Bare Jr. Becoming like His Father

At the age of eight, Bare Jr. had his first song on the country chart, and his duet with his father led to a nomination on the 1974 Grammy’s. Thanks to his father, Bare Jr. gained confidence in singing.  Now, he is exactly like his father, a singer and songwriter.


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