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There's a popular song about G'dalya Gumber (spelling?), who is "seventeen feet tall" and who "ain't gonna work on Saturday", not even for "double, double, triple pay". Who wrote and who published this song, and when? (Any additional information about its provenance, such as who popularized it and how, is also most welcome.)

I've Googled a bit and gotten some conflicting information, so seek an authoritative source of information.

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Wasn't it 'Uncle Moishy'? –  Danield Nov 8 '12 at 16:47
    
So far, I have for the song "Big Gedaliah Goomber" that it was recorded here shuandnat.blogspot.com/2007/02/big-gedalia-goomber.html and a comment (and album cover) points to a R. Silverman (corroborated by zemerl.com/cgi-bin/…) but imamother.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1757808 can be read as attributing to a R. Levinson. –  Danno Nov 8 '12 at 16:47
    
@Dan, yeah, I'd Googled a bit, but found nothing definite. –  msh210 Nov 8 '12 at 16:51
    
I assumed it was Goomberg. –  Seth J Nov 8 '12 at 17:05
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In the Mishpacha magazine, issue 455, 7 Iyar 5773, (April 17, 2013), Mrs. Blima Silverman of Toronto, Ontario, writes (in a letter to the editor), "In your February 20 edition the song, 'Big Gedalia Goomber' was attributed to yet another person who did not write it." She writes further, "The song (both music and lyrics) was composed by my husband, Rabbi Yosaif Silverman z"l, in the early '60s, as anyone attending Telshe Yeshiva at that time can attest. The record was produced in 1969, along with other tunes he had written, and is still under copyright."

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this site says it was Rabbi Silverman

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Does Rabbi Silverman have a first name? There are probably a lot of Rabbi Silvermans out there. –  Double AA Nov 8 '12 at 17:28
    
@DoubleAA does Uncle Moishy have a last name? –  user1668 Nov 8 '12 at 17:37
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Apparently it's Tanenbaum. And I asked the other poster for that information as well here judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/22180/… –  Double AA Nov 8 '12 at 17:39
    
Please see my recent edit to the question. –  msh210 Nov 8 '12 at 18:02
    
@PM Yosaif Silverman as per the album cover shuandnat.blogspot.com/2007/02/big-gedalia-goomber.html –  Danno Nov 8 '12 at 18:05
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Uncle Moishy and his Mitvah men

see wikipedia about him:

Here is another link which shows that it's him

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Wikipedia says nothing about this song, so what is your source? –  Double AA Nov 8 '12 at 17:00
    
@DoubleAA I edited my post –  Danield Nov 8 '12 at 17:05
    
That site says that Uncle Moishy sang it and put new lyrics to it, but not that he was the first to sing it. I suspect the song predates his act by many years. Please also see my recent edit to the question. –  msh210 Nov 8 '12 at 18:02
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