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Gone Digital: Babe Ruth, The Divine Comedy, Mayfield’s Mule, Roger Ruskin Spear & Sir Winston Churchill (Article)
My Son The Nut (Album of the Day)
After a pair of LPs steeped in Jewish humor, Allan Sherman broadened his comedic approach with MY SON THE NUT, and the third time proved the charm. The 1963 Warner Bros. collection spent nearly two months at No.1 on the Billboard album chart, a remarkable feat even in the golden age of comedy records. “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp)” just missed the top spot on the singles chart - and won a Grammy to boot - and though it's the most famous track here, Sherman's dozen song parodies are all sly gems, lampooning such timeless topics as suburbia, the English language and weight loss. The million-selling MY SON THE NUT was the pinnacle of Allan Sherman's career, and decades later still brings smiles to listeners' faces.
Hip Hug-Her (Album of the Day)
Along with the Wrecking Crew and the Funk Brothers, Booker T and the MG's were the greatest backing group in popular music; unlike their L.A. and Detroit session counterparts, the “Memphis Group” were also hitmakers in their own right. The quartet's 1967 album HIP HUG-HER added the title track and a cover of The Rascals' “Groovin” to their roster of Top 40 singles. One of the better longplayers from the prolific instrumental group's Atlantic tenure, HIP HUG-HER has the sound of a band hitting its groove: Booker T. Jones makes his bow on the Hammond B-3 organ here, recent addition on bass Donald “Duck” Dunn has settled in nicely, and guitarist Steve Cropper - born on this day in 1941 – and drummer Al Jackson, Jr. are also firing on all cylinders.