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Pop humourist Allan Sherman, was the creator of the famous compilation of parodies ‘My Son, the Folk Singer’, ‘My Son, the Celebrity’ and ‘My Son, the Nut’

InformationDetail
BirthdayNovember 30, 1924
Died onNovember 20, 1973
NationalityAmerican
FamousJewish Comedians, University Of Illinois, Film & Theater Personalities, Comedians, Writers
SpousesDee Chackes
Known asAllan Copelon
Childrens Robert Sherman
Universities
  • University Of Illinois
  • Fairfax High School
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Illinois
Birth PlaceChicago
GenderMale
FatherPercy Copelon
MotherRose Copelon
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inChicago
Famous asWriter
Died at Age48

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Who is Allan Sherman?

Hailing from a modest background, Allan went on to become one of the most prominent names in the field of Pop humour. His witty parodies went on to become hugely popular, and he became the pioneer of this style of music. The success of his work ‘My Son, the Folk Singer’, paved way for a number of other copycat releases, which flooded the market. Building on the success of his first release with the label ‘Warner Bros. Records’, he released two follow up albums titled ‘My Son, the Celebrity’ and ‘My Son, the Nut’. The albums helped Allan earn the respect of music lovers. It is also reported that President John F. Kennedy was seen humming Sherman’s parodies. The popularity of Allan was short lived and after the assassination of Kennedy, Allan, like other comedians, he too went through a rough patch. Allan also developed the concept and produced the game show ‘I've Got a Secret’. He even penned a book titled ‘Rape of the APE’ which was a hilarious take on the American Puritan Ethics. A man of creative nature, Allan was amiable with most of his colleagues, but couldn’t withstand anyone coming in the path of his creativity. Read on to learn more about the comic genius.

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Childhood & Early Life

Born to Jewish parents Percy Copelon and Rose Sherman in Chicago, on November 30, 1924, Allan Sherman adopted his mother’s maiden name after his parents got divorced. His father was an auto mechanic and a racing driver. Suffering from obesity, father Percy died in a quest to observe a 100-day diet.

With the family shifting homes frequently, Allan had to attend school at myriad locations including cities like Chicago, New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

He then moved to the prestigious ‘University of Illinois’, it was here that Allan discovered his talent and he featured regularly in the humour column of the college newspaper ‘The Daily Illini’.

Allan, a mediocre student, got into trouble for breaking the rules of the sorority house when he tried to bring along his then girlfriend to the place. The University finally expelled him, thus debarring him from graduating.

Career

Allan embarked on his career as a musical humourist in 1951, with the parody ‘A Satchel and a Seck’, disparaging the popular song of the fifties ‘A Bushel and a Peck’. This duet which also featured the artist Sylvia Froos, was recorded by the label ‘Jubilee Records’.

Based on the Bing and Gary Crosby hit number ‘Sam’s Song’, Allan recorded another satire titled ‘Jake’s Song’ for ‘Jubilee Records’. Both the songs failed to take off well and Allan soon ran out of work. He then moved on to produce game shows.

Allan was offered the production rights of the game show ‘I've Got a Secret’ by television producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The game, based on Allan’s concept, was first aired on ‘CBS Network’ in 1952.

A debacle occurred on the show, after Allan insisted that the celebrity guest on the show, Tony Curtis, was asked to demonstrate the rules of some games he played as a child. As it turned out Curtis was not familiar with any of the games, the show suffered a huge setback. Allan was then removed as the producer of the show in 1958.

‘Your Surprise Package’ was another game show which Allan produced in the year 1961, for the banner ‘AI Singer Productions’. This daytime game show was hosted by then famous actor and comedian George Fenneman, and was aired on ‘CBS Network’.

Allan’s association with the label ‘Warner Bros. Records’ happened when famous comedian George Burns came across his performance at comedian Harpo Marx’s party, who was Allan’s neighbour. ‘My Son, the Folk Singer’, released in 1962, was his first release under the banner. This collection of parody caught the attention of radio, despite concerns over Allan’s image as a performer.

Following the huge success of ‘My Son, The Folk Singer’, a lot of other artists came up with similar efforts. But none were able to match Allan’s popularity and he remained the undisputed favourite.

The label ’Jubilee records’ released an album titled ‘More Folk Songs by Allan Sherman and His Friends’ in 1962, which featured his single ‘A Satchel and a Seck’ along with works of artistes likes Sylvia Froos, Fyvush Finkel and Lee Tully.

Allan came out with another collection titled ‘My Son, the Celebrity’ in the beginning of 1963, which was an even bigger success. The album also notched the number one spot on the ‘Billboard’s Top 150 Best Selling LPs’ Chart.

In 1963, ‘My Son, the Nut’ became the third straight album to top the billboards. The song ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh’ from this collection was a chartbuster and was ranked among the top five novelty songs. The album maintained its top position on music charts for eight consecutive weeks.

His next album, ‘Allan in Wonderland’, released in 1964, came only months after the death of the American president John F. Kennedy. The album failed to reiterate the success story of its predecessors, as the entire nation was mourning the death of the political leader. The album suffered harsh criticism and struggled to secure a spot within the Top 25 on pop charts.

His second album of 1964, recorded in association with conductor Arthur Fiedler and the orchestra troupe ‘Boston Pops’, featured the parodies ‘For Swingin' Livers Only!’ and ‘Peter & the Commissar’. This album fared even poorly as compared to his previous work, and could not even reach the Top 40.

Adding to Allan’s woes, the 1964 parody on ‘My Fair Lady’ remained unreleased after facing heat for copyright issues from its original makers.

Over the course of two years from 1965-1966, he recorded two albums titled ‘My name is Allan’ and ‘Togetherness’. Following the mediocre response drawn by the albums, the label ‘Warner Bros. Records’ called off their contract with Sherman. The comedian also published his autobiography titled ‘A Gift of Laughter’, during this period.

In 1973, Allan published another book titled ‘Rape of the APE’. It was a satirical take on the evolution of sexual revolution in the US.

Major Works

Allan’s 1963 album, ‘My Son, the Nut’ was his most successful work. His spoof ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,’ from the album, themed on a summer camp, maintained the number 2 position on ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart for three weeks.

Awards & Achievements

This comedian was received the prestigious ‘Grammy Award’ in the ‘Best Comedy Performance Single’ in the year 1963 for his track ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh’

Personal Life & Legacy

Allan was married to Dee Chackes and the couple had two children. Their son Robert Sherman, born on 9th January, 1950, is a producer of TV series like ‘Tattletales’ and ‘Super Password’.

Dee received the full custody of their children following their divorce in 1966.

Suffering from obesity and diabetes, Allan went to the ‘Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital’ to recuperate. However, his lung ailment added to the complications, and he died ten days before his 49th birthday in his West Hollywood home. He was buried in ‘Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery’ in Culver City, California.

Trivia

It is believed American President John F. Kennedy was a huge fan of this pop humourist’s parodies.

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Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album

Allan Sherman biography timelines

  • // 30th Nov 1924
    Born to Jewish parents Percy Copelon and Rose Sherman in Chicago, on November 30, 1924, Allan Sherman adopted his mother’s maiden name after his parents got divorced. His father was an auto mechanic and a racing driver. Suffering from obesity, father Percy died in a quest to observe a 100-day diet.
  • // 9th Jan 1950
    Allan was married to Dee Chackes and the couple had two children. Their son Robert Sherman, born on 9th January, 1950, is a producer of TV series like ‘Tattletales’ and ‘Super Password’.
  • // 1951
    Allan embarked on his career as a musical humourist in 1951, with the parody ‘A Satchel and a Seck’, disparaging the popular song of the fifties ‘A Bushel and a Peck’. This duet which also featured the artist Sylvia Froos, was recorded by the label ‘Jubilee Records’.
  • // 1952
    Allan was offered the production rights of the game show ‘I've Got a Secret’ by television producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The game, based on Allan’s concept, was first aired on ‘CBS Network’ in 1952.
  • // 1958
    A debacle occurred on the show, after Allan insisted that the celebrity guest on the show, Tony Curtis, was asked to demonstrate the rules of some games he played as a child. As it turned out Curtis was not familiar with any of the games, the show suffered a huge setback. Allan was then removed as the producer of the show in 1958.
  • // 1961
    ‘Your Surprise Package’ was another game show which Allan produced in the year 1961, for the banner ‘AI Singer Productions’. This daytime game show was hosted by then famous actor and comedian George Fenneman, and was aired on ‘CBS Network’.
  • // 1962
    Allan’s association with the label ‘Warner Bros. Records’ happened when famous comedian George Burns came across his performance at comedian Harpo Marx’s party, who was Allan’s neighbour. ‘My Son, the Folk Singer’, released in 1962, was his first release under the banner. This collection of parody caught the attention of radio, despite concerns over Allan’s image as a performer.
  • // 1962
    The label ’Jubilee records’ released an album titled ‘More Folk Songs by Allan Sherman and His Friends’ in 1962, which featured his single ‘A Satchel and a Seck’ along with works of artistes likes Sylvia Froos, Fyvush Finkel and Lee Tully.
  • // 1963
    Allan came out with another collection titled ‘My Son, the Celebrity’ in the beginning of 1963, which was an even bigger success. The album also notched the number one spot on the ‘Billboard’s Top 150 Best Selling LPs’ Chart.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, ‘My Son, the Nut’ became the third straight album to top the billboards. The song ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh’ from this collection was a chartbuster and was ranked among the top five novelty songs. The album maintained its top position on music charts for eight consecutive weeks.
  • // 1963
    Allan’s 1963 album, ‘My Son, the Nut’ was his most successful work. His spoof ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,’ from the album, themed on a summer camp, maintained the number 2 position on ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart for three weeks.
  • // 1963
    This comedian was received the prestigious ‘Grammy Award’ in the ‘Best Comedy Performance Single’ in the year 1963 for his track ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh’
  • // 1964
    His next album, ‘Allan in Wonderland’, released in 1964, came only months after the death of the American president John F. Kennedy. The album failed to reiterate the success story of its predecessors, as the entire nation was mourning the death of the political leader. The album suffered harsh criticism and struggled to secure a spot within the Top 25 on pop charts.
  • // 1964
    His second album of 1964, recorded in association with conductor Arthur Fiedler and the orchestra troupe ‘Boston Pops’, featured the parodies ‘For Swingin' Livers Only!’ and ‘Peter & the Commissar’. This album fared even poorly as compared to his previous work, and could not even reach the Top 40.
  • // 1964
    Adding to Allan’s woes, the 1964 parody on ‘My Fair Lady’ remained unreleased after facing heat for copyright issues from its original makers.
  • // 1965 To 1966
    Over the course of two years from 1965-1966, he recorded two albums titled ‘My name is Allan’ and ‘Togetherness’. Following the mediocre response drawn by the albums, the label ‘Warner Bros. Records’ called off their contract with Sherman. The comedian also published his autobiography titled ‘A Gift of Laughter’, during this period.
  • // 1966
    Dee received the full custody of their children following their divorce in 1966.
  • // 1973
    In 1973, Allan published another book titled ‘Rape of the APE’. It was a satirical take on the evolution of sexual revolution in the US.

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Allan Sherman's FAQ

  • What is Allan Sherman birthday?

    Allan Sherman was born at 1924-11-30

  • When was Allan Sherman died?

    Allan Sherman was died at 1973-11-20

  • Where was Allan Sherman died?

    Allan Sherman was died in Los Angeles

  • Which age was Allan Sherman died?

    Allan Sherman was died at age 48

  • Where is Allan Sherman's birth place?

    Allan Sherman was born in Chicago

  • What is Allan Sherman nationalities?

    Allan Sherman's nationalities is American

  • Who is Allan Sherman spouses?

    Allan Sherman's spouses is Dee Chackes

  • Who is Allan Sherman childrens?

    Allan Sherman's childrens is Robert Sherman

  • What was Allan Sherman universities?

    Allan Sherman studied at University Of Illinois, Fairfax High School, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

  • What was Allan Sherman notable alumnis?

    Allan Sherman's notable alumnis is University Of Illinois

  • Who is Allan Sherman's father?

    Allan Sherman's father is Percy Copelon

  • Who is Allan Sherman's mother?

    Allan Sherman's mother is Rose Copelon

  • What is Allan Sherman's sun sign?

    Allan Sherman is Sagittarius

  • How famous is Allan Sherman?

    Allan Sherman is famouse as Writer