Tuesday, April 30, 2013

First Review of Overweight Sensation

Josh Lambert published the first review of Overweight Sensation. It appeared in Tabletmag.com yesterday.
Josh liked it.
"Fiddling with the lyrics of recognizable songs—transforming “Frère Jacques” into “Sarah Jackman” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” into “The Ballad of Harry Lewis”—the heavyset, bespectacled comic turned himself into a star, sold millions of albums, won a Grammy, and headlined concerts from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. (JFK was a fan.) He also managed to say something about the place of Jews in 1960s America.
"That’s why Sherman merits as scrupulous a biography as Mark Cohen has just given him, the appropriately corny-pun-titled Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman. And it’s why the rise and fall of a big, self-destructive funnyman fits into a series of otherwise serious academic monographs from Brandeis University Press."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Ollawood" -- Movie stars are sitting by the pool there

Lost Parody Alert: Allan Sherman's "Ollawood!"

This is a "rough cut" recording of Sherman's "Camelot" parody. 

In this recording he is singing it for friends in New York in December 1962 before one of his Carnegie Hall concerts. Halfway through Sherman forgets the lyrics, but then recovers.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kick Off A New Season of Mad Men With Allan Sherman

Here is Sherman's "When I Was A Lad" parody about the advertising business.

In the 1960s, the ubiquity and droning persistence of advertising was a big topic. Sherman addressed it in "Headaches" and "Chim Chim Cheree." Both attacked television commercials.

Of course, no song smashed advertising like the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," and its sneering at the man that talks about "how white my shirts can be."

It's weird to think that when it came to advertising, Sherman and the rockers were on the same side.

"When I Was A Lad" fits Mad Men's Roger. It could be his theme song.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lost Parody News: "There Is Nothing Like A Lox"

We devoted, or should I say maniac Sherman fans had heard of this one. 

We knew it was out there somewhere. 

Press coverage in 1963 noted that in concert Sherman sang South Pacific parodies that were part of his idea for a new show called South Passaic.

But the songs were never released, and even the lyrics didn't appear in print.

This recording is an outtake from Sherman's My Son, The Celebrity recording session in November 1962.