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220px-Groucho_MarxHe may have called it "the most ridiculous ting I eva hoid"--but Groucho Marx was an influence on rock.  While his brother Chico was an accomplished pianist, and Harpo played--well, the HARP--Groucho was a life-long lover of the guitar.  He never mastered the instrument, but did play a Gibson acoustic in the 1932 movie "Horsefeathers."     In his later years, Groucho was a good friend of Alice Cooper..they were photographed together for Rolling Stone.  Two of Queen's albums--"Day at the Races", and "Night at the Opera"--were titles taken directly from Marx Brothers movie titles.  Groucho and Elton John became friends in the early 70's in SoCal..and when Groucho pretended to shoot Elton with both his index fingers...Elton said.."Don't shoot me..I'm only the piano player."--which became the title for his just-recorded album.    Groucho passed away August 19, 1977--his death overshadowed by the passing of the King, Elvis, just 3 days prior.  But Groucho leaves a legacy of comedy, an irreverent spirit --and props for your face that will forever be known as..Groucho glasses.

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11/16/2009 12:07PM
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