Groucho Marx was a genius of comedy. This weekend, I found a recording of his legendary concert at Carnegie Hall from 1972. Called “An Evening with Groucho,” it’s not in print on CD. It is, however, available as a free download through Archive.org. The internet is a beautiful place, isn’t it?
And here’s something else I just learned via Wikipedia. Groucho and Elton John were friends:
He met and befriended Elton John when the British singer was staying in California in 1972, insisting on calling him “John Elton” because “Elton John” was the wrong way around. According to writer Philip Norman, Groucho jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton John as if holding a pair of six-shooters. Elton John put up his hands and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player,” so naming the album he had just completed. Elton John accompanied Groucho and the family hosting him in California to a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, where Groucho offered two witticisms. As the lights went down in the theater, Groucho called out, “Does it have a happy ending?” During the Crucifixion scene, he declared, “This is sure to offend the Jews.”