Two weeks ago we posted There is Nothing Like a Lox, one of a group of long-lost parodies recorded by Allan Sherman, the king of musical parody. The story behind the song and others like 76 Sol Cohens is presented in Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, Mark Cohen's new biography.
In our previous posts we promised that we would share more of the lost gems that Cohen discovered during the research that he did for the book.
Here is another item from the collection. Overweight People is a parody of Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland's signature song in The Wizard of Oz. It was recorded live in concert in Santa Monica in 1963, 50 years ago.
Somewhere, overweight people just like meAnd just in case you don't remember the original, the Shermanesque version is followed by a clip from the 1939 film.
Must have someplace where folks don't count every calorie.
Somewhere, over the rainbow way up tall
There's a land where they've never heard of cholesterol.
Where folks can eat just what they want and still be slim and trim and gaunt
They'll find me.
Where every little thing I taste won't wind up showing on my waist, or worse,
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