Daddy a Go Go Creates Hip Rock and Roll Tunes that Even Dads will Like

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Stay at home dad John Boydston left a promising career in TV news 12 years ago to raise his children. Today, he creates award-winning Daddy A Go Go tunes from his basement studio

Here's a Father's Day story that rocks: Consider John Boydston, a former CNN news producer whose journey into middle age and fatherhood involved quitting his job and picking up his electric guitar.

After walking away from a successful TV news career to become a stay-at-home dad, Boydston found a way to merge his two passions: parenting and rock and roll. “My kids loved dance music, and when I noticed they loved the Beatles but hated Barney, the Daddy a Go-Go concept was born.”

After his debut Daddy A Go-Go CD "Cool Songs for Cool Kids" made's Top 10 Best Kids' CDs of the Year list, he knew he was on to something – kids’ music that derived from real rock and roll, that spoke to kids and their parents about the funny little issues of everyday family life.

You can hear the usual kid-themed songs on Daddy a Go Go CDs, but nowhere else will you hear songs with issues aging baby boomers can relate to: stressed-out carpool drivers, dad's garage-rock 45 collection, overloaded computer time and a kid's baseball team that wins despite his dad's coaching.

Boydston is also reviving cool and quirky tunes from his own childhood, like "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," and "Snoopy and the Red Baron," two current favorite download songs on iTunes.

"Works for kids, works for parents, works for me," Boydston says. Daddy A Go Go's four home-recorded CDs have been on's Top 10 Best of the Year list three times, and have won several national honors, including two Parents’ Choice Awards. As the New York Post quipped recently, "this is one hip daddy!"

As Boydston works on his 5th CD for release in early 2006, he admits wondering if he can continue the Daddy a Go Go concept with his kids rapidly aging out of the genre. Boydston jokes that he could probably graduate into songs exclusively about middle-age. "I could do nursery song covers, like using the tune of 'Aiken Drum' and call it 'Achin' Back.'" He admits he's considered the need for a name change down the road to 'Granddaddy A Go-Go.'"

But he's not a Desperate Housedad, at least not yet. "As long as the musical ideas keep coming," Boydston says, "this is too fun to stop."

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