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Allan Sherman

Biography

Arguably probably the most successful musical humorist in pop history, song parodist Allan Sherman was created Allan Copelon in Chicago about November 30, 1924. After getting into display business as article writer for famous brands Jackie Gleason and Joe E. Lewis, Sherman attemptedto mount his personal career like a performer, but in the beginning found little achievement; “A Satchel along with a Seck,” a 1951 duet with comedienne Sylvia Froos satirizing Frank Loesser’s “A Bushel along with a Peck,” went nowhere, and an ambitious try to to push out a full-length Jewish parody from the musical My Good Lady fulfilled with legal level of resistance from the property of composers Lerner & Loewe. Sherman therefore turned to tv, creating and making the long-running quiz present I’ve Got a Top secret. A tenure because the writer-producer from the Steve Allen Present followed, however when the series finished in 1961, Sherman discovered himself in the unemployment series. After putting your signature on a agreement with Warner Bros., he released the parody collection My Kid, the Folk Vocalist in 1962. Towards the shock from the documenting sector, radio quickly found on the record despite Sherman’s obscurity being a performer; based on star, even Leader John F. Kennedy was discovered in a resort lobby performing the trim “Sarah Jackman” (a parody of “Frere Jacques”), additional enhancing the record’s reputation. Ultimately, My Kid, the Folk Vocalist topped the graphs, and spawned a cottage sector of copycat produces. Nonetheless, Sherman continued to be the unquestioned ruler from the parody strike, and in past due 1962, he came back using a follow-up, My Kid, the Superstar, which, like its forerunner, reached the main place. 1963’s My Kid, the Nut was a lot more effective, topping the graphs for eight consecutive weeks on the effectiveness of the very best Five novelty strike “Hello there Muddah, Hi there Fadduh,” a summertime camp-themed undertake Ponchielli’s 1876 structure “Dance from the Hours.” If, as star dictates, Leader Kennedy helped create Sherman being a superstar, he also inadvertently added to the comedian’s drop-off in reputation: pursuing Kennedy’s assassination in November, 1963, the country became critical and solemn, with small curiosity about the breezy fun provided by tune parodies. Released in early 1964, Sherman’s 4th record, Allan in Wonderland, reached just number 25 within the pop graphs; issued later on that year in the elevation of Beatlemania, the concurrent For Swingin’ Livers Just! and Peter & the Commissar (documented with Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops) fared a lot more poorly, using the second option record failing actually to crack the very best 40. 1965’s I AM Allan was his last graph effort, reaching just quantity 88. Still, Sherman soldiered on, documenting Live in front side of the Las Vegas market. After 1966’s Togetherness, he was fell by Warner Bros., successfully ending his profession being a performer. After posting an autobiography, SOMETHING SPECIAL of Laughter, Sherman passed away in California on November 21, 1973. He was simply 48 yrs . old.

Quick Facts


Full Name Allan Sherman
Died November 20, 1973, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Actor, Comedian, Singer, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Television producer
Education Fairfax High School, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Nationality American
Spouse Dee Chackes
Children Robert Sherman
Parents Percy Copelon, Rose Copelon
Awards Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
Music Songs Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!, Sarah Jackman, You Went the Wrong Way, Old King Louie, Pop Hates the Beatles, Harvey and Sheila, One Hippopotami, Shake Hands With Your Uncle Max, The Twelve Gifts of Christmas, Hail to Thee, Fat Person, My Zelda, Eight Foot Two, Solid Blue, Here's to the Crabgrass, Little Butterball, Al 'N Yetta, I See Bones, America's a Nice Italian Name, Grow, Mrs. Goldfarb, Crazy Downtown, You're Getting to Be a Rabbit With Me, Rat Fink, The Painless Dentist Song, J.C. Cohen, Seltzer Boy, The Drop-Outs March, Shine on, Harvey Bloom, The Ballad of Harry Lewis, Beautiful Teamsters, The Bronx Bird Watcher, If I Were a Tishman, Hungarian Goulash No. 5, Kiss of Myer, My Aunt Minnie
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best New Artist, NME Award for World Musical Personality
Movies Dr. Seuss on the Loose, The Cat in the Hat
TV Shows I've Got a Secret, What's Going On, Charley Weaver's Hobby Lobby


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spise med Price 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Some Jerk with a Camera 2011 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Fired Up! 2009 writer: "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh"
Tales of the Rat Fink 2006 Documentary performer: "Rat Fink aka Rag Mop"
The King of Queens TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1997 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Simpsons TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1995
Indian Summer 1993 performer: "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" / writer: "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1991 Video performer: "Sarah Jackman" / writer: "Sarah Jackman"
Fame TV Series lyrics - 3 episodes, 1982 - 1984 music - 3 episodes, 1982 - 1984
The Cat in the Hat 1971 TV Short performer: "The Gradunza", "Calculatus Eliminatus", "I'm A Punk", "Beautiful Kittenfish", "Anything Under The Sun", "Cat, Hat", "Sweep Up The Memories"
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Fanfare TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
The Hollywood Palace TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
The Lively Ones 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vampire Over London 1952 performer: "My Son, the Vampire" - uncredited / writer: "My Son, the Vampire" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Steve Allen Show 1962 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Your Surprise Package 1961 TV Series producer
The Jackie Gleason Show 1961 TV Series producer
The Charlie Weaver Show 1959 TV Series producer
I've Got a Secret TV Series producer - 2 episodes, 1956 associate producer - 1 episode, 1955
The Herb Shriner Show 1956 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Masquerade Party 1952 TV Series producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Allan Sherman: Folk Singer? 1965 TV Movie
Funnyland 1965 TV Special
Allan in Wonderland 1964 TV Movie
The Jackie Gleason Show 1961 TV Series co-creator
I've Got a Secret 1952 TV Series co-creator
Broadway Open House 1950 TV Series
Cavalcade of Stars 1950 TV Series script - 1 episode
The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue 1949 TV Series writer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1991 Video Barry Bachman
Dr. Seuss on the Loose 1973 TV Short Cat in the Hat (voice)
Wacky Taxi 1972 Nervous Man
The Cat in the Hat 1971 TV Short The Cat in the Hat (voice)
The Loner 1965 TV Series Walton Peterson Tetley
Allan Sherman: Folk Singer? 1965 TV Movie
Allan in Wonderland 1964 TV Movie

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bill Cosby Show 1971 TV Series 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1972 TV Series Himself - Humorist / Himself - P / Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1967-1969 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1969 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host / Himself
Showtime 1968 TV Series Himself
Billy Cotton Band Show 1964-1968 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer
Dee Time 1968 TV Series Himself
Everybody's Talking 1967 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1964-1967 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Panelist
The Ed Sullivan Show 1965-1967 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Singer / Comedian / ...
Hippodrome 1966 TV Series Himself - Host (show 2)
The Blackpool Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series Himself - Comedy Singer / Himself - Comedian / Singer
Today 1965 TV Series Himself
Fanfare 1965 TV Series Himself
Blackpool Night Out 1965 TV Series Himself
The Celebrity Game 1965 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Funnyland 1965 TV Special Himself - Host
The Match Game 1964 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
On Broadway Tonight 1964 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1963-1964 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Guest
The Garry Moore Show 1963-1964 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1964 TV Series Himself - Panellist
That Was the Week That Was 1964 TV Series Himself
Here's Edie 1963 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1963 TV Series
The Lively Ones 1963 TV Series Himself - Performer
Fractured Flickers 1963 TV Series Himself
Talent Scouts 1963 TV Series Himself
Stump the Stars 1963 TV Series Himself - Panelist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself

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