U.S. songwriters are just as convinced as visiting European anthropologists that the U.S. vibrates to the theme of "Mom," so songwriters waste little time exploring the sentimental possibilities of Dad.* Last month, nonetheless, Victor picked up a sugary little number called Oh! My Papa, which had been written for a Swiss musical comedy, and gave it to Crooner Eddie Fisher. For good measure it threw in a lush accompaniment, including a gaudy trumpet obbligato. Sample lyric:
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful,
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so good.
No one could be so gentle and so lovable,