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We mark Father’s Day this morning with the beloved Donna Fargo singing her 1969 song “Daddy” in this, her first-ever television appearance.
Ms. Fargo, a native of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has the distinction of being the first woman in country music history to have back-to-back Gold Records: her 1972 hits “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” (which became her signature song) and “Funny Face” sold more than a million copies each.
That same year, Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday by a joint resolution of the United States Congress.
“The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” earned Ms. Fargo a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards on March 3, 1973. She has won countless international awards throughout her career, including from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, the National Association of Record Merchandisers, the Music Operators of America, the Billboard Country Music Awards, and Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI).
Before her success in the music industry, Ms. Fargo attended High Point College in the Piedmont Triad region and became an English teacher.
In 2008, Ms. Fargo released a new single CD, “We Can Do Better In America.” Since then, Ms. Fargo has since pursued other careers outside of the music business, writing books and establishing a successful line of greeting cards.
In 2010. Donna Fargo was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and received the honor of having a highway named after her; the Donna Fargo Highway is a seven-mile stretch of road connecting North Carolina to Virginia on Highway 103.