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"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" is the Grammy-winning novelty song based on letters of complaint Allan Sherman received from his son Robert while attending Camp Champlain in Westport, New Yorkmarker.

NOTE: Sherman's son, Robert (born 1949) was kicked out of Camp Champlain. The song is a parody that complains about Camp Granada and is set to the tune of Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours". The title is taken from the first lines:
"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.

Here I am at Camp Granada.

Camp is very entertaining.

And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining".

After the song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks beginning August 24, 1963, Sherman wrote a new "back at Camp Granada" version, Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!, for a May 27, 1964 performance on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Sherman wrote a third version for, and appeared in, a 1965 TV commercial for a board game about Camp Granada, a "real rotten camp."

The song won a 1964 Grammy Award for comedy. The song has been played numerous times on the Dr. Demento Show and is featured on the Rhino Records compilation album, Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection. The song was Number One in Hong Kong, which has no summer camps.

Variations of the song include translations in Swedish ("Brev från kolonien" by Cornelis Vreeswijk), Finnish, Norwegian ("Brev fra leier'n" by Birgit Strøm), Esperanto and Dutch. A version in Hebrew was written by Hanoch Levin in 1966, sung by Tsippi Shavit (מכתב מן הקייטנה; Michtav Min HaKaitana).

Appearances and Covers

  • A 1965 American television series called Camp Runamuck was based on the song. Especially the character of Joe Spivey.
  • This song was used for the Downy Detergent commercial. An edited version of it appeared in a K9 Advantix commercial.
  • Sha Na Na did a skit set to the song on one its TV episodes.
  • In 2009, a rock version of the song was recorded by Public Parking for the movie Fired Up.
  • The song featured in a Season 7 episode of The Simpsons.
  • An instrumental version of the song was featured twice in the comedy series Friends. Both at the ends of episodes during the closing credits. Once in season 3 and then again in season 5.

Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah! (book)

In the Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah! children's book, a wide-eyed, snaggled-tooth narrator seems befuddled by all the problems at Camp Granada.

Board game

Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah! (musical review)

The Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah! musical review is the life story of Barry Brockman (Darrin Barker) and his life long sweetheart Sarah Jackman (Eliza Jane Scott) from birth to early education, summer camp to marriage, and parenthood in suburban New York to Florida retirement. Songs include the title song, "Harvey and Sheila" (to the tune of Hava Nagila), and "Glory, Glory Harry Lewis" (Battle Hymn of the Republic).

References and Notes

  1. Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!
  2. NOTE: The 1963 song title is spelled differently from the titles for the 1964 song, the musical review, and the book.

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