"Allan Sherman" (sometimes incorrectly ''Alan'' or ''Allen''), November 30, 1924 – November 20, 1973, was an American musician, parodist, satirist, and television producer.
Sherman took his mother's maiden name after being abandoned in childhood by his father,
Percy Copelon, a stock car racer, mechanic and inventor. Copelon would much later offer to pay for Sherman's education if he would re-take the family name, but when no support was forthcoming, the young man became Allan Sherman once again. His mother married four times, with numerous relationships in-between. Sherman attended 21 schools. At Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Sherman wrote the senior musical, starring classmate Ricardo Montalban.
Sherman was the creator and original producer of the popular ''I've Got a Secret'' (1952-1967), but was fired after a particularly unsuccessful episode (featuring Tony Curtis) that aired June 11, 1958. Later, he found that the little song parodies he performed to amuse his friends and family were taking a life of their own. He released an LP of these parodies, ''My Son, the Folk Singer'', in 1962. The album was so successful that it was quickly followed by ''My...
|date of birth||November 30, 1924|
|place of birth||Chicago, Illinois|
|date of death||November 20, 1973|
|place of death||Los Angeles, California|