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"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
(A Letter from Camp)"
Song by Allan Sherman

from the album My Son, the Nut

Released 1963
Genre Novelty song
Writer Allan Sherman

"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 York.[1] 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![2], 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."[3]

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).


Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (book)

In the Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh![4] children's book, a wide-eyed, snaggled-tooth narrator seems befuddled by all the problems at Camp Granada.[5]

Camp Granada board game based on Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!

Board game

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (musical revue)

The Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh![4] musical revue ties the songs to the framework of a life story of Barry Bockman and Sarah Jackman through birth, school, summer camp, 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).[6][7]

References and notes

  1. ^ Paul Lieberman (August 16, 2003). "The Boy in Camp Granada". Lifestyle. LA Times. Retrieved 2008-02-09.  
    NOTE: Sherman's son, Robert (born 1949) was kicked out of Camp Champlain.
  2. ^ Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!
  3. ^ "LikeTelevision - Camp Granada by Milton Bradley". liketelevision ...only better. LikeTelevision. Retrieved 2008-02-09.  
  4. ^ a b NOTE: The 1963 song title is spelled differently from the titles for the 1964 song, the musical review, and the book.
  5. ^ Green, Lynn. "Here I am at Camp Granada". Children's BookPage©. Retrieved 2008-02-20.  
  6. ^ Klein, Alvin (1993-12-19), "'Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!' Opens", New York Times,, retrieved 2009-12-28  
  7. ^ Domingo, Aristotle. "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh - The Allan Sherman Musical opens in Toronto". Retrieved 2008-02-20.  

External links

Preceded by
The First Family (album) by Vaughn Meader
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance
Succeeded by
I Started Out as a Child by Bill Cosby

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