Monday, October 25, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Allan Sherman
Song:Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!
Album:My Son, The Greatest: The Best Of Allan Sherman
I loved this song when I was a kid. And it was a huge hit in 1962 and Sherman's album topped the charts. Parody songs were once a big part of pop music and Sherman was one of the pioneers of the parody. He was born Allan Copelon Nov. 30, 1924 in Chicago and took his mother's surname because his father wasn't around. Sherman started out as a writer for Jackie Gleason and Joe E. Lewis. His first song parody was his 1951 duet with Sylvia Froos A Sachel and a Seck, obviously a parody of A Bushel and a Peck. When it didn't sell, he turned to TV as producer of the game show I've Got A Secret and then writer producer of The Steve Allen Show. But Sherman continued to perform song parodies at parties. His next door nrighbour Harpo Marx was a big fan. After performing Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! at one of these parties, George Burns phone an executive at Warner Bros. and Sherman was signed to a contract. The 1962 album My Son, The Folksinger topped the Billboard Hot 200 and Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Kids loved this song based on Ponichelli's Dance Of The Hours. Sherman recorded several albums in the mid-60s. He was so popular that Stanley Ralph Ross released an album of parodies of Allan Sherman songs. Sherman's recording career faded in 1966 so he got into other things and produced Bill Cosby's early albums. By the early 70s, he was having health problems and died Nov. 20, 1973 at age 48. This Rhino comp is a great intro to his music and you can get Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! on Dr. Demento comps. Unfortunately, there's no video of Allan Sherman performing Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!. But I did find a commercial for a board game based on the song that I thought was interesting.
pub - Milton Bradley Camp Granada Game (w Allan Sherman)
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