Chico Marx "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" 1940's Sheet Music Signed Autograph Marx Brothers
Chico Marx-"By The Light Of The Silvery Moon"-Remick Music Corp-sheet music. This popular song was performed by Chico Marx and he is featured on the front cover of the sheet music in a vintage photo.Leonard Marx, known as Chico, (March 22, 1887 – October 11, 1961) was one of the Marx Brothers.
He was originally nicknamed Chicko due to his reputation as a ladies man, or a "chicken chaser" in the popular slang of the day. A typesetter accidentally dropped the "k" in his name and it became Chico. It was still pronounced "Chick-o" although those who were unaware of its origin tended to pronounce it "Cheek-o". Radio recordings from the 1940s exist where announcers and fellow actors mispronounce the nickname, but Chico apparently felt it was unnecessary to correct them.Marx used an Italian accent for his on-stage character; stereotyped ethnic characters were common with Vaudeville comedians, and all the Marx brothers sometimes performed "dialect characters" early in their careers, but Chico was the only one to continue this into their films.Chico was a talented pianist. He originally started playing with only his right hand and fake playing with his left, as his immigrant teacher did so herself. Chico eventually got a better teacher and learned to play the piano correctly. As a young boy, he would get jobs playing piano to earn money for the Marx family. Sometimes Chico would even get work playing in two places at the same time. He would acquire the job with his piano-playing skills, work for a few nights, and then substitute Harpo on one of the jobs. The two brothers looked so much alike, no one could tell the difference, at first.Chico became manager of the Marx Brothers after their mother, Minnie, died. As manager he cut a deal to get the Marx Brothers a percentage of a film's gross receipts — the first of its kind in Hollywood. Furthermore, it was Chico's connection with Irving Thalberg of MGM which led to Thalberg's signing the Brothers when they were in a career slump after Duck Soup (1933), made at Paramount Pictures.
For a while in the 1930s and 1940s Chico led a big band. Singer Mel Tormé began his professional career singing with the Chico Marx Orchestra. The sheet music has been autographed on the front cover by Chico Marx in faded black fountain pen.........................BOTH SHEET MUSIC AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION...............