“Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp)” is without a doubt the most famous song ever written about the summer camp experience. Penned in 1963 by American comedy writer and television producer Allan Sherman, the song was inspired by letters Allan’s son Robert wrote home from a summer camp in New York. The “novelty song,” set to the tune of the classical song “Dance of the Hours” climbed as high as No. 2 on the Billboard charts and won Sherman a 1964 Grammy award for comedy.
As a kid in the ’80s, I always heard the version sung as “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, I’ve been smoking marijuana, crack is good but coke is better, I’m so (expletive) high I can’t finish this (expletive) letter.” I so rarely heard any other version of the song sung, I barely know the actual words and don’t think I’d ever actually heard the song in its entirety until I watched a video on YouTube.
The story of Robert, whose horrible experience at summer camp started it all, is told in a fascinating 2003 article in the LA Times you can read HERE. Watch video of a sketch playing off the song on the television show Sha Na Na HERE.