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Sheldon Allman's Folk Songs for the 21st Century

The remarkably gifted and versatile actor/composer Sheldon Allman was born in Chicago, IL on June 6, 1924 and raised in Canada. Mr. Allman returned to the United States as a young man and graduated from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.

In addition to being a prolific character performer, Allman was also the composer behind the theme for the popular late sixties cartoon "George of the Jungle." He was also the singing voice of TV's "Mister Ed" and his songs (which Allman also composed) were featured in the episode "Ed the Songwriter" ("Pretty Little Filly" and "The Empty Feedbag Blues"). These tunes were also featured on a novelty Colpix LP released in conjunction with the television show.

Mr. Allman appeared in film (HUD; IN COLD BLOOD; NEVADA SMITH) and on numerous television programs (including The Fugitive; Gunsmoke; Batman; The Untouchables, etc.), but he is perhaps best remembered as one of two aliens in the twist ending of the Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street." His 1960 album "Folk Songs for the 21st Century" contains 14 songs that he wrote and arranged. It is a prescient and humorous "concept" record that features some of best song titles of the era:

SIDE ONE:
1. RADIOACTIVE MAMA
2. ROCKET TO THE MOON
3. UNIVAC AND THE HUMANOID
4. SPACE OPERA
5. GIRL IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION
6. CHANGE
7. IT CONQUERED THE WORLD

SIDE TWO:
1. CRAWL OUT THROUGH THE FALLOUT
2. SCHIZOPHRENIC BABY
3. BIG BROTHER
4. EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION
5. FREE FALL
6. X SQUARE PLUS 2
7. WALKING ON THE GROUND
Sheldon Allman passed away on January 22, 2002 at the age of 77.



Crawl Out Through The Fallout
Music and Lyrics by Sheldon Allman
Hi-Fidelity Records, Inc.
[From the Long Play Album "Folk Songs for the 21st Century"]
R-415 - Recorded 1960
Performed by: Sheldon Allman


SOME SAMPLE LYRICS:
Crawl out through the fallout, baby, when they drop that bomb
Crawl out through the fallout with the greatest of aplomb
When your white count's getting higher, hurry don't delay
I'll hold you close and kiss those radiation burns away
Crawl out through the fallout, baby, to my loving arms through the rain of Strontium 90
Think about your hero when you're at Ground Zero and crawl out through the fallout back to me
Crawl out through the fallout, baby, you know what I mean
Crawl out through the fallout, 'cause they said this bomb was clean
If you cannot find the way, just listen for my song, I'll love you all your life although that may not be too long
Crawl out through the fallout, baby, to my loving arms while those ICBMs keep us free
When you hear me call out, baby kick the wall out and crawl out the fallout back to me
Cause you'll be the only girl in the world for me
Why don't crawl out through the fallout back to me (Repeat last verse three times).

Radioactive Mama
Music and Lyrics by Sheldon Allman
Hi-Fidelity Records, Inc.
[From the Long Play Album "Folk Songs for the 21st Century"]
R-415 - Recorded 1960
Performed by: Sheldon Allman


SOME SAMPLE LYRICS:
Radioactive mama, hold me tight
Radioactive mama treat me right/Radioactive mama we'll reach critical mass tonight
Well when we get together clear away the crowd there won't be nothing left except a mushroom shaped cloud
Radioactive mama treat me right
Radioactive mama we'll reach critical mass tonight
Well, your kisses do things to me in oh so many ways
I feel them going through me all those gamma gamma rays
Radioactive mama treat me right
Radioactive mama we'll reach critical mass tonight
Well since I kissed you baby, that evening in the park, I lost my hair and eyebrows and my teeth shine in the dark
Radioactive mama treat me right
Radioactive mama we'll reach critical mass tonight.


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