Allan Sherman – Song Parodist and More

The year was 1963, comedy recordings were popular and sold well. This was due to AM radio and broadcast television variety shows. Allan Sherman scored a novelty hit that summer with Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp). The hit single went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963.

This unique song parody compelled me to buy my first vinyl record at the age of 11 in August of 1963. The album was called, My Son the Nut by Allan Sherman. That recording went to #1 on the Billboard charts.


My Son, the Nut
My Son, the Nut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My Son, the Nut was not Allan Sherman’s first #1 Billboard 200 charted recording. Allan Sherman’s first two recordings, My Son, the Folk Singer (1962) and My Son, the  Celebrity (1963) also became #1 recordings on the Billboard 200 charts.


My Son, the Folk Singer
My Son, the Folk Singer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Allan Sherman was responsible for other successful ideas, careers and voices.

1) Sherman devised a game show he intended to call I Know a Secret. Television producer Mark Goodson used Sherman’s idea and turned it into I’ve Got a Secret, which ran on CBS from 1952 to 1967.

2) Allan Sherman was involved in the production of Bill Cosby’s first three albums. These albums are comedy classics and helped establish Bill Cosby as a topical comedian.

3) Sherman was the voice of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat for the television special.

I stumbled upon Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman a biography that was released last August on the 50th anniversary of the release of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp). This book is proving invaluable in helping me understand the genius of the late Allan Sherman.



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