Al Fisher and Lou Marks were a comedy duo in the classic “straight man / funny man” vein (i.e. Abbott & Costello, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, et al ). The Philadelphia duo were favorites of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., and were accorded “junior” status in the Rat Pack. Their real names were Al Fischera and Lou Franco, which perhaps explains the title of their 1963 album Rome on the Range. After the Beatles hit it big worldwide in 1964, Fisher and Marks responded with It’s a Beatle (Coo Coo) World.
The LP is an interesting curio in that it lampoons Beatlemania from a “grown up” perspective. This territory had already proven to be fertile soil for comedy – for example, Allan Sherman’s “Pop Hates the Beatles” (sung to the tune of “Pop Goes the Weasel”):
Most of the material is funny enough. Highlights include “Paul George John and Ringo” (sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smokey”) and “Ringo Ringo Little Starr”.
As you can imagine, this theme was not enough to sustain interest for the duration of a long-playing record. The jokes about Ed Sullivan and mop tops were padded out with non-Fab tracks such as “Bela n’ Boris” and “The Real Fisher and Marks”.
An interesting bit of trivia: It’s a Beatle (Coo Coo) World was released on the Swan record label – a label whose main claim to fame was releasing “She Loves You” before the Fab Four were signed to Capitol.
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