This Day in Jewish History / American Jewish comic dies early
Allan Sherman, the portly writer and performer of such comic songs as “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” left a sizable mark on American culture.
On November 20, 1973, comic songwriter and parodist Allan Sherman died at age 48. With his rotund physique and highly specialized material – much of which played on Yiddish words and an intimate familiarity with the increasingly confident culture of middle-class, mid-century American Jews – Sherman was not an obvious candidate for stardom. Nonetheless, he hit it big in 1962 with "My Son, the Folk...
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