Sunday, January 03, 2010

The streets of Miami 

I'm back after a few days in south Florida, which reminded me how spectacular Allan Sherman was back in the day.


By Anonymous vicki pasadena ca, at Sun Jan 03, 06:34:00 PM:

My parents bought "My Son the Folksinger" when I was about 11 in 1962. I memorized all the songs and thought he was the funniest man on earth. I understood none of the yiddish references, being an upper middle class Italian American, but I adored him. He and Tom Lehr still make me laugh.  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Sun Jan 03, 08:25:00 PM:

Great lyrics. My dad alwys vacationed in Miami Beach and we always stayed at the Roney Plaza. Mom and the family would go to the beach and dad would catch a puddle jumper to Cuba to gamble. The smell of the air was unique.

vicki, I'm an old Tom Lehrer fan..from the "Vatican Rag" days. At last we agree on something!  

By Anonymous Boludo Tejano, at Mon Jan 04, 05:02:00 PM:

I also grew up on the Fat Person Who Kept Us Out of War and on Tom Lehrer. While I first knew and still preferred Tom Lehrer- I still remember the baby sitter's shock when she first heard "The Old Dope Peddler" - Allan was also funny. In a way, Allan Sherman predated Wierd Al.  

By Blogger Gary Rosen, at Tue Jan 05, 03:00:00 AM:

Another great Tom Lehrer lyric:

"Once all the Germans were nasty and mean

But that'll never happen again

We taught them a lesson in 1918

And they've hardly bothered us since then"  

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