Saturday, October 02, 2010
When the late Groucho Marx performed Lydia the Tattooed Lady on The Dick Cavett Show in September 1969 he was almost eighty... Meaning this performance may not be Groucho at his best - although it does showcase the particular charisma of the man; then again, I may be hopelessly biased, since the first performance of this song I'm familiar with is by a certain amphibian made of green felt.
He famously said that he'd never belong to any club that would have him as a member, but Groucho Marx - who was born on this day in 1890 and died in August 1977 - never lived to see the foundation of London's Groucho Club in 1985, which has since become a regular haunt for those in the British media and arts establishment.
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