My Son, the Celebrity
|My Son, the Celebrity|
|Studio album by Allan Sherman|
|Recorded||November 30, 1962|
|Allan Sherman chronology|
The album was the second of three straight albums by Sherman to reach #1 on the Billboard album charts. It reached #1 on Billboard's Top 150 Best Selling LPs (Monaural) chart for the week ending March 9, 1963. It was released less than three months after My Son, the Folk Singer, which reached #1 on the same chart in December 1962.
My Son, the Celebrity followed the same template as My Son, the Folk Singer, mixing comic parodies of popular songs with cultural references and Jewish humor. Lou Busch once again provided orchestration.
- "Al 'n' Yetta" ("Alouette")
- "Barry is the Baby's Name" / "Horowitz" / "Get on the Garden Freeway" ("Mary is a Grand Old Name", "Harrigan", "Give My Regards to Broadway")
- "Mexican Hat Dance"
- "The Bronx Bird Watcher" ("Willow, tit-willow (On a tree by a river)")
- "The Let's All Call Up A.T.&T. and Protest to the President March"
- "Harvey and Sheila" ("Hava Nagila")
- "Won't You Come Home, Disraeli" ("Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey")
- "No One's Perfect" (to the tune of a well-known Alma Mater, "Far Above Cayuga's Waters")
- "When I Was a Lad" (to the tune of the same name from H.M.S. Pinafore)
- "Me" ("Torna a Surriento")
- "Shticks of One and a Half a Dozen of the Other" (medley)
|1963||Billboard's Top 150 Best Selling LPs (Monaural)||1||1||March 9, 1963|
|1963||Billboard's Top 50 Best Selling LPs (Stereo)||4||2||February 9–16, 1963|
As with My Son, The Folk Singer, almost all the songs on the album contain some Jewish reference, or at least a main character or characters with apparently Jewish names.
- "Al 'n' Yetta" - References to TV shows of the day
- Cohan medley:
- "Barry is the Baby's Name"
- "Get On The Garden Freeway"
- "The Bronx Bird Watcher" - A talking / singing bird with a Jewish accent.
- "Harvey and Sheila" - Filled with alphabetical references: IBM, PTA, GOP, USA, etc.
- "When I Was a Lad" - Recast as the story of a young man who succeeds at an advertising agency: So I thank old Yale / And I thank the Lord / And I also thank my father / Who is chairman of the board.
- "Shticks of One and Half a Dozen of the Other" is a stylistic followup to "Shticks and Stones", another medley of short parodies, some Jewish-oriented, some not. For example:
- Allmusic review
- "My Son, the Celebrity". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
- "Shine on, Harvey Bloom: Why Allan Sherman made us laugh. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. 1994-04-22. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
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