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Single by Clive Dunn
B-side"I Play the Spoons"
Released10 November 1970 (1970-23-10)
GenreNovelty, children’s music
LabelEMI Columbia
Songwriter(s)Herbie Flowers, Kenny Pickett
Producer(s)Peter Dulay, Ray Cameron

"Grandad" is a song written by Herbie Flowers and Kenny Pickett, and recorded by Clive Dunn.

While starring in the long-running BBC situation comedy Dad's Army, Dunn met bassist Herbie Flowers at a party and on learning he was a songwriter challenged him to write a song for him. Flowers wrote "Grandad" with Creation vocalist Kenny Pickett.[1]

The song was released as a single in November 1970,[2] and, aided by promotion such as appearing on children's shows such as Basil Brush and DJ Tony Blackburn claiming it as his favourite record, in January 1971 reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks,[3][4] during which time Dunn celebrated his 51st birthday, and went on to spend a total of 27 weeks on the chart.[3] Dunn never had another hit single, but he did release an album that featured "Grandad" and its B-side "I Play the Spoons", titled Permission to Sing Sir!

From 1979 to 1984, Dunn starred as Charlie "Grandad" Quick in a children's television show titled Grandad,[5] although the series did not use the song as the theme tune.


  1. "Grandad by Clive Dunn". Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  2. "Timeline". 1. Episode 7. 17 July 2014. Challenge.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 172. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. "1971 The Number One Albums". Official Charts. Archived from the original on 13 January 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  5. Grandad (TV series 1979-1984) at IMDb
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