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My Son, the Assimilator

Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook

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OK, pop quiz. It’s summer of 1963. What are the hottest pop songs on the charts? You’re probably thinking Elvis, Chubby Checker, Frankie Valli. Sure, they’re up there. But even hotter was a number rarely remembered these days, except around a campfire: “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.”

That’s not the only Allan Sherman song that enjoyed widespread popularity. Yet today, his music receives scant attention. With the release of a six disc box set put out by Rhino Records, Jesse Green decides to revisit Sherman’s songbook, and to offer some interpretations for his meteoric rise and fall.

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Does seem he lost his way as he became more famous…but My Son the Folk Singer is a cultural classic that makes him special forever.

Grigalem says:

Sure wish the music was played at the same volume as the narration. It’s not like it’s hard to do or anything.


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My Son, the Assimilator

Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook

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