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Allan Sherman

Arguably the most successful musical humorist in pop history, song parodist Allan Sherman was born Allan Copelon in Chicago on November 30, 1924. After entering show business as writer for the likes of Jackie Gleason and Joe E. Lewis, Sherman attempted to mount his own career as a performer, but initially found little success; "A Satchel and a Seck," a 1951 duet with comedienne Sylvia Froos satirizing Frank Loesser's "A Bushel and a Peck," went nowhere, and an ambitious attempt to release a full-length Jewish parody of the musical My Fair Lady met with legal resistance from the estate of composers Lerner & Loewe.

Sherman consequently turned to television, creating and producing the long-running quiz show I've Got a Secret. A tenure as the writer-producer of The Steve Allen Show followed, but when the series ended in 1961, Sherman found himself on the unemployment line. After signing a contract with Warner Bros., he released the parody collection My Son, the Folk Singer in 1962. To the shock of the recording industry, radio quickly picked up on the album despite Sherman's obscurity as a performer; according to legend, even President John F. Kennedy was spotted in a hotel lobby singing the cut "Sarah Jackman" (a parody of "Frere Jacques"), further boosting the record's popularity.

Ultimately, My Son, the Folk Singer topped the charts, and spawned a cottage industry of copycat releases. Nonetheless, Sherman remained the unquestioned king of the parody hit, and in late 1962, he returned with a follow-up, My Son, the Celebrity, which, like its predecessor, reached the number one spot. 1963's My Son, the Nut was even more successful, topping the charts for eight consecutive weeks on the strength of the Top Five novelty hit "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," a summer camp-themed take on Ponchielli's 1876 composition "Dance of the Hours."

If, as legend dictates, President Kennedy helped establish Sherman as a star, he also inadvertently contributed to the comedian's drop-off in popularity: following Kennedy's assassination in November, 1963, the nation became serious and solemn, with little interest in the breezy fun offered by song parodies. Released in early 1964, Sherman's fourth album, Allan in Wonderland, reached only number 25 on the pop charts; issued later that year at the height of Beatlemania, the concurrent For Swingin' Livers Only! and Peter & the Commissar (recorded with Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops) fared even more poorly, with the latter record failing even to crack the Top 40.

1965's My Name Is Allan was his last chart effort, reaching only number 88. Still, Sherman soldiered on, recording Live in front of a Las Vegas audience. After 1966's Togetherness, he was dropped by Warner Bros., effectively ending his career as a performer. After publishing an autobiography, A Gift of Laughter, Sherman died in California on November 21, 1973. He was just 48 years old. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: There Is Nothing Like A Lox - The Lost Song Parodies Of Allan Sherman

1. Choped Liver (Parody Of Moon River)

2. Ollawoot (Parody Of Camelot)

3. How Are Things With Uncle Morris (Parody Of How Are Things In Glacamora)

4. Younger Than Springstein (Parody Of Younger Than Springtime)

5. One For My Sadie (And One For Two Cents Plain) (Parody Of One For Baby, One More For The Road)

6. Around The World (Parody Of Around The World In 8 Days)

7. You're The Top

8. How Deep Is A Birdbath (Parody Of How Deep Is The Ocean)

9. Furriers Lament

10. When You Walk Through The Bronx

11. Small World

12. There Is Nothing Like A Lox

13. Seventy-Six Sol Cohens

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Track List: My Name Is Allan

1. It's A Most Unusual Play

3. That Old Back Scratcher

4. Call Me

5. Peyton Place, U.S.A.

6. Drinking Man's Diet

7. Secret Code

8. The Painless Dentist Song

9. Chim Chim Cheree

10. Go To Sleep, Paul Revere!

11. An Average Song

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Track List: Songs For Swingin Livers Only

1. Grow, Mrs. Goldfarb

2. Your Mother's Here To Stay

3. Pills

4. Shine On, Harvey Bloom

6. Pop Hates The Beatles

7. Beautiful Teamsters

8. Kiss Of Myer

9. America's A Nice Italian Name

10. The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas

11. Bye Bye Blumberg

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Track List: Allan Through The Looking Glass

1. Down The Drain

2. Sex Is Better (The Sexual Revolution Song)

3. There Is Nothing Like A Lox (A.K.A. We Ain't Got Lox)

4. Short Songs

5. Gimme A Cause (Give Me A Cause)

6. How Deep Is A Birdbath (A.K.A. How Deep Is The Ocean)

7. The Girl From Nymphomania (A.K.A. The Nymphomaniac From Ipanema)

8. Sexy Songs

9. Mononucleosis Is The Kissing Disease

10. Sam You Made The Pants Too Long (Hong Kong, China Version)

11. When You Walk Through The Bronx (A.K.A. Walk On Through The Bronx)

12. The Laarge Daark Aardvark Song (The Large Dark Ardvark Song)

13. I Was Never A Nazi (And I Never Knew Adolf Hitler)

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Im new 2 this guy
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I grew up listening to Allan Sherman. I'd only ever heard one of his albums - My name is Allan - and I still get a kick out of hearing his stuff!
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dclark385
The Drinking Mans Diet and That Old Back Scratcher are also classics not just camp Granada. Alan My deceased husband introduces his records to me back in 1976
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Off to the way other things y t a few days to the time t a lot r
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Please play the rendition of the camp granada with the bear
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Hello Muddah,Hello Faddah
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trknc93
Cool song
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Haha epic.
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This freaked me out. Copy and paste this on ten comments and you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or get asked out. If you thus break this chain you will see a dead girl In you room tonight. In the next 53 someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
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Please follow...... i follow back always...... w h i t e and nerdy=HILARI U S ! ! !
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jacobsenmd
His humor is timeless and can be enjoyed by a wide range of folks.
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Better than Rucka Rucka Ali
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I remember him mostly for his memorable turn as the Cat in the Hat in the Chuck Jones/Dr. Seuss collaboratio n for CBS back in the early Seventies. I made a point of showing it to my kids after the execrable Mike Myers film, so they knew there was a Cat done right out there.
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One of the best writer's of parodies - I am lucky to have grown up at a time to know of Allan Sherman and the rest.
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I don't think anyone was claiming that Allan Sherman is a current artist. I think that they were just posting his music. Why is that a negative?
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I don't think anybody born after 1990 knows who these people were/are? Alan Sherman who?

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