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Vintage Allan Sherman Re-Issues from Collector’s Choice

1 Aug

Collector’s Choice has just re-issued several classic comedy recordings by Allan Sherman. Some of you may have never heard of Sherman before, but he was absolutely huge in the 1960s. His LPs sold millions and made Sherman, a once-struggling TV comedy writer, a wealthy man. The radio hit that pushed him to the top was the unforgettable parody, “Hello, Muddah, Hello, Faddah!” (aka Camp Granada) from the LP “My Son, The Nut.” The album’s cover featured Sherman’s pudgy, bespectacled mug surrounded by a mountain of real nuts (see the picture above).  Baby boomers will surely remember the big hit – either from frequent radio play at the time of its original release or via Dr. Demento’s popular syndicated radio shows.

But before you start thinking of Sherman as another “one hit wonder,” I am here to tell you that Sherman was a very talented comic in the Jewish tradition whose fine catalog of work richly deserves this retrospective. I will admit that “My Son, The Nut” is the best of the bunch, yet other releases with titles like “My Son, The Folk Singer,” “My Son, The Celebrity,” and “For Swingin’ Livers Only” all have their shining moments. I am especially partial to wacky Sherman send-ups such as “Automation,” “Al and Yetta,” “One Hippopotami,” “My Zelda,” “Mexican Hat Dance,” “Your Mother’s Here to Stay,” “Hungarian Goulash No. 5,” and “Harvey and Sheila.”

“And when Ben Casey meets Kildare that’s called a paradox!!!”

Yes, Allan Sherman was surely a force to be reckoned with in the early to mid 1960s. He is remembered fondly by many Americans and rightfully so. His sharp wit and silly, childlike innocence not only still make us chuckle, but also whisk us back to a simpler time when comedy didn’t have to be filthy (or shocking) to be funny. Come to think of it, Sherman helped pave the way for everything from “Schoolhouse Rock” and The Smothers Brothers to Dr. Demento and Weird Al Yankovic. And that, my friends, is an impressive legacy of lunacy.