Allan Sherman

Genres: Comedy Comedy
Descriptive "tags": comedy parody novelty humour 60s jewish Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Biography

Allan Copelon, 30 November 1924, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 21 November 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA. Allan Sherman enjoyed a lucrative career during the 60s with his self-penned parodies of popular and folk songs. After his parents’ 1930 divorce, Sherman lived with his mother and attended 21 different schools in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. After attending college in the early 40s and serving in the army, he began writing. One of his first works was a musical parody in which the Jewish Sherman starred himself as Adolf Hitler. In 1947 he began working in the fledgling television medium, writing jokes for variety programmes. He joined the popular US I’ve Got A Secret show in 1951, with which he stayed for seven years. Sherman then wrote for the Steve Allen programme but in 1960 found himself unemployed. His career took an upswing when he entertained guests at neighbour Harpo Marx’s party with witty send-ups of show tunes. Talent...

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