As long as I can remember, I've always liked funny people. My mom had a great sense of humor and I guess that's one of many things she passed on to me. It was only natural that I always loved parody songs. The master of parody songs was Allan Sherman. I'm sure that Al Yankovic would agree with that statement.

There are tons of Christmas novelty songs out there. But, for my money, Allan Sherman's "12 Gifts of Christmas" is one of the best. I found a great video of the song and whoever posted it obviously spent a lot of time getting pictures of all the "gifts" mentioned in the song.

So, let's be silly for a few moments and watch Allan Sherman's "12 Gifts of Christmas"

Before we watch, let me give you a quick bio on Allan Sherman. Remember the game show "I've Got A Secret?" that was the brain child of Allan Sherman.

Sherman lived in Brentwood next door to Harpo Marx. Harpo loved Sherman's parody songs and asked him to sing some at a party. Enter another of Sherman's Brentwood neighbors, George Burns.  Burns loved the songs so much that he called Warner Brothers Records and told them to sign Sherman to a recording contract.

Allan Sherman's biggest hit was the classic "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" in the Summer of 1963. When I first heard that song, I had been back from summer camp for a day! You might say, I connected with it!

Sherman died in 1971 at the age of 48.  And now....on with the show!


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