Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Allan Sherman's Stardom Confirmed 50 Years Ago Today


That's the headline on this internal Warner Bros. Records newsletter. It was October 31, 1962, and the sales numbers were in on My Son, The Folk Singer.

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(Courtesy of Robert Sherman)

The next page boasts that it "took [Bob] Newhart 23 and a half weeks to go over 300,000 (309,452); 36 weeks to go over 400,000 (412,000). It took Allan Sherman three weeks and one day to go over 390,000!"

The newsletter anticipated that the record's sales would double by the end of '62. They did better than that. Sales hit 1 million in December.

"The Ballad of Harry Lewis" was the first song on side one.

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