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Allan Sherman - Rhino Hi-Five, Allan Sherman (EP) 2006

On: Sunday, June 15, 2014

Allan Sherman
Allan Copelon
Nov 30 1924 – Nov 20 1973 age 48

Allan Sherman was an American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, `My Son, the Folk Singer,' (1962) became the fastest-selling record album up to that time. His biggest hit single was `Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,' a comic novelty in which a boy describes his summer camp experiences to the tune of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours."
These songs and one outtake give us a great albeit brief sampling of Allan Sherman's very funny work; and the quality of the sound is excellent.
"Harvey & Sheila," sung to the tune of "Hava Nagila," was one of Sherman's first novelty hits. The audience loved this number and I can easily remember my parents listening to this and chuckling every time they heard it even though they had heard it many times before! The music goes well with Allan's singing, which, by the way, wasn't very good but Allan used this for an even greater comedy effect. "Sarah Jackman" is absolutely hilarious; this Jewish themed song performed to the tune of "Frère Jacques" went over big and was one of Allan Sherman's greatest hits. "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" was yet another successful number for Sherman. The track set ends with Allan Sherman performing a lesser known number that was released as a single entitled "My Son, the Vampire" (which is also on the third CD of the box set "My Son, the Box") and an outtake of "Christmas '65 (Draft Cards)" that I first heard on the fifth CD of "My Son, the Box."
Allan Sherman fans will probably have most if not all of these tracks already, so I think this is best geared toward casual fans or people just discovering Allan Sherman's very clever humor. I recommend these songs and others by Allan Sherman. ~amazon customer review

01  Harvey & Sheila (LP Version) 3:35
02  Sarah Jackman (Remastered Album Version) 2:28
03  Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp) (Remastered Album Version) 2:54
04  My Son, The Vampire (Remastered Single Version)2:23
05  Christmas '65 (Draft Cards) (Outtake)  1:53

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His other material on this blog is "tagged" at the bottom of this post
Best Of Allan Sherman 1965
More Folk Songs By Allan Sherman & His Friends 1962
Selections From The Fig Leaves Are Falling (Promo) 1968
A Gift Of Laughter, Best Of Allan Sherman Vol II 1986
Allan Sherman And You 1964


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