FAME Review: Allan Sherman - My Son, the Celebrity
 
Allan Sherman - My Son, the Celebrity

My Son, the Celebrity

Allan Sherman

Collectors' Choice Music - CCM-2138

Available from Collectors' Choice Music.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

This was Allan Sherman's follow-up to the smash debut, My Son, the Folk Singer. Once again, he set his own stage by inviting 100 friends and industry people to a live revue of his latest 11 songs well seasoned by a highly professional backing ensemble and singers. It was a party atmosphere, complete with hors d'oeuvres and booze, and a great time was had by all. Of course, as before, he once again used well known classical and traditional musics as the backdrop while lampooning all manner of American and Jewish-American habits, manners, foibles, clichés, and mainstays.

Sherman well represented an era that brought us the Smothers Brothers, Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Bill Cosby, Steve Allen, Richard Pryor, Stan Freberg, Bob Newhart, George Carlin, and so many great American comedians. Allan's was a blend of the well known, a bit of the bawdy, the innocent, some of the naughty, and just about everything that came to mind but had been treated so Norman Rockwelly on TV and in the Borscht Belt previously. That first album, which became the fastest selling record ever published up to that time, provided the framework for this, the second, and became the writer-singer's trademark, something picked up later by many, including Weird Al Yankovic.

All of Sherman's LPs were professionally executed and this one's no exception. The reissue catches and cleans up all the old sonics beautifully, making it seem as though you're in the audience. Though the guy was more counterculture than most realized, and later even published a controversial book, *The Rape of the A.P.E. (1973), on America's Puritanism in matters sexual, he also lampooned the counterculture itself, as in songs like Let's All Call Up AT&T and Protest to the President March. JFK was an admirer of Sherman, as were LBJ, Steve Allen, and a raft of notables, music authority Dr. Demento among them, who provides excellent liner notes on this and every release. And, as you'll notice here and in the first LP, his most famous song hadn't even been written yet.

[For the remainder of the quartet of reviews of this series, see My Son, the Folksinger, the Nut and For Swingin' Lovers/Livers Only.]

Track List:

  • Al 'N Yetta
  • Medley: Barry is the Baby's Name / Horowitz / Get on the Garden Freeway
  • Mexican Hat Dance
  • The Bronx Bird Watcher
  • Let's All Call Up AT&T and Protest to the President March
  • Harvey and Sheila
  • Won't You Come Home, Disraeli?
  • No One's Perfect
  • When I was a Lad
  • Me
  • Schticks of One and Half a Dozen of the Other

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(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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