Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


My Son, the Assimilator

Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook

Print Email

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.

Print Email

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.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Be a Mensch. Support Tablet.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

My Son, the Assimilator

Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook

More on Tablet:

Klinghoffer at the Met

By Paul Berman — John Adams’s masterpiece is about an American Jew murdered by Palestinian terrorists, but the real opera is off stage