Allan Sherman Biography Releasing May 15

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Allan Sherman’s hit song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” the most popular summer camp-inspired ever, a biography on his life and comedy will release on May 15.

In Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, author Mark Cohen “argues persuasively for Sherman’s legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history.”

With exclusive access to Allan Sherman’s estate, Cohen has written the first biography of the manic, bacchanalian, and hugely creative artist who sold three million albums in just twelve months, yet died in obscurity a decade later at the age of forty-nine. Comprehensive, dramatic, stylish, and tragic, Overweight Sensation is destined to become the definitive Sherman biography.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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