Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)

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"Hello Mother, Hello Father (A Letter from Camp)"
Single by Allan Sherman
from the album My Son, the Nut
B-side "(Rag Mop) Rat Fink"
Released August 1963
Genre Novelty song
Length 2:47
Label Arista Records 0389
Writer(s) Allan Sherman, Lou Busch
Producer(s) Jimmy Hilliard
Allan Sherman singles chronology
"The Twelve Gifts of Christmas"
(1963)
"Hello Mother, Hello Father (A Letter from Camp)"
(1963)
"Hello Mother, Hello Father (A Letter from Camp) (1964 Version)"
(1964)

"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" is a Grammy Award-winning novelty song by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch, based on letters of complaint Allan received from his son Robert while Robert attended Camp Champlain in Westport, New York.[1] The song is a parody that complains about the fictional "Camp Granada" and is set to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours". The name derives from the first lines:

Hello Muddah,
Hello Fadduh.
Here I am at
Camp Granada.
Camp is very
entertaining.
And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining
.

The lyrics go on to describe unpleasant, dangerous, and tragic developments, such as fellow campers going missing or contracting deadly illnesses. He asks how his "precious little brother" is doing, and begs to be taken home, afraid of being left out in the forest and fearing getting eaten by a bear, promising to behave, and even letting his aunt Bertha hug and kiss him. At the end, he notes that the rain has stopped and fun activities have begun (such as swimming, sailing, and baseball), and asks his parents to "kindly disregard this letter".

After the song scored #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list for three weeks beginning August 24, 1963, Sherman wrote a new 'back at Camp Granada' version, "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!",[2] for a May 27, 1964 performance on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Sherman wrote a third version for, and acted in, a 1965 TV commercial for a board game about Camp Granada, a "real rotten camp".[3]

The song won a 1964 Grammy Award for comedy. The song has been played numerous times on the Dr. Demento Show and is featured on the Rhino Records compilation album, Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection. Variations of the song include translations in Swedish ("Brev från kolonien" by Cornelis Vreeswijk), Finnish ("Terve mutsi, terve fatsi, tässä teidän ihmelapsi") and Norwegian, ("Brev fra leier'n" by Birgit Strøm). The Finnish version lyrics is included in Finnish Boy Scouts' songbook.

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Lieberman (August 16, 2003). "The Boy in Camp Granada". Lifestyle. LA Times. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
    NOTE: Sherman's son, Robert (born 1949) was dismissed from Camp Champlain.
  2. ^ Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!
  3. ^ "LikeTelevision - Camp Granada by Milton Bradley". liketelevision ...only better. LikeTelevision. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 

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Preceded by
The First Family (album) by Vaughn Meader
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance
1964
Succeeded by
I Started Out as a Child by Bill Cosby