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Music in the vaudeville shows


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The Man of Her Choice (1906 )Performed byComments
Mary Moore
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Mary Moore 
Music by: N. Harris Ware
Lyrics by: Edward M. Simmonds
Julius Marx This has be named the rarest Marx Brothers sheet music. Click here to read more

Gus Edwards' Postal Telegraph Boys (1906 )Performed byComments
Farewell Killarney
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Farewell Killarney 
Music by: Gus Edwards
Lyrics by: Edward Madden
Julius Marx note the advertising for another song performed by Julius on the inside cover 
I'll Do Anything In The World For You
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I'll Do Anything In The World For You 
Music and lyrics by: Cobb & Edwards
Julius Marx The sheet music for this song exists with pictures of different singers on the cover. The music part of the one shown here is from a different edition to the one with Groucho on the cover 
If A Girl like You Loved A Boy Like Me
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If A Girl like You Loved A Boy Like Me 
Music and lyrics by: Cobb & Edwards
Julius Marx   

Fun in Hi Skule (1910 )Performed byComments
 Peasie Weasie 
Music and lyrics by: Charlie Van
 Pease Weasie was the exclusive finale song of Fun In Hi Skule/ Mr Green's Reception. According to Groucho it was written by Charlie Van, half of the Charlie and Fannie Van vaudeville team. The Marxes bought it for $ 27 and it was sung at Marxian family gatherings well into the 1960s. Groucho revived the song for a 1959 TV appearance with Dinah Shore (also included in one of the TV documentaries). Another recording of Groucho performing a verse is also available in a TV documentary and two verses - whether they're accurate or not - are featured in Kyle Crichton's biography The Marx Brothers. Two more verses appear in Jo Adamson's book Groucho, Harpo, Chico and sometimes Zeppo and one of those is also in Simon Louvish' Monkey Business.  

Marx & Gordini (1911)Performed byComments
Mandy (come out in the pale Moonlight)
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Mandy (come out in the pale Moonlight) 
Music and lyrics by: Leonard Marx
Aaron Gordon   

Home Again (1914)Performed byComments
Do Not Say Good-Bye
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Do Not Say Good-Bye 
Music and lyrics by: Leonard Marx
  
How Can I Marry One Little Girl When I'm In Love With Them All
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How Can I Marry One Little Girl When I'm In Love With Them All 
Music and lyrics by: Leo Marks & Fred Fisher
 The sheet music shows what seems to be a 1936 adaptation. According to Ira Doldnick, the chorus is similar in both tunes, but they're otherwise quite different. 
The Little Grey Mother, Who Waits All Alone
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The Little Grey Mother, Who Waits All Alone 
Music by: Harry de Costa
Lyrics by: Bernard Grossman
 This song is mentioned on the sheet music of "Do not say goodbye", but it may not have been especially written for "Home Again". The composer Harry de Costa worked with Chico on other numbers of the show. 
Under The Summer Moon
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Under The Summer Moon 
Music by: Leonard Marx & Lem Trombley
Lyrics by: Leonard Marx
  
Sweet Kentucky Lady
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Sweet Kentucky Lady 
Music by: Louis A. Hirsch
Lyrics by: William Jerome
 This song is mentioned on the sheet music of "Do not say goodbye", but it was a popular song at the time and not written for "Home Again"  
Walking Thru Lover's Lane
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Walking Thru Lover's Lane 
Music by: Leonard Marx & Harry De Costa
Lyrics by: Leonard Marx
  

The Street Cinderella (1918)Performed byComments
Sailin' Away on the Henry Clay
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Sailin' Away on the Henry Clay 
Music by: Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
  

I'll say she is (1923)Performed byComments
Only You
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Only You 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
Miles  
The Thrill of Love
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The Thrill of Love 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
  
 Give Me A Thrill 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
 (same as above?) 
The Wonderful Nile (or) The Wonderful River
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The Wonderful Nile (or) The Wonderful River   
I'm Saving You For A Rainy Day
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I'm Saving You For A Rainy Day 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
  
When The Shadows Fall
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When The Shadows Fall 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
Darby  
 Break Into Your Heart 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
  
 San Toy 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
  
 Do It 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
Edward Metcalfe and Girls  
 Pretty Girl 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
Marx Brothers, Metcalfe, Gardiner, Corbett, Darby  
 Beauty's Dress 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
  
 Wall Street Blues 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Will B. Johnstone
  
 Glimpses of the Moon 
Music by: Tom Johnstone
Lyrics by: Phil Cook
  

The Cocoanuts (1925)Performed byComments
A Little Bungalow
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A Little Bungalow 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 In the preview-length print of The Cocoanuts, Groucho sang this number while courting Margaret Dumont. In the play it had been "the inevitable duet" (according to Alexander Woollcott), sang by characters Polly Potter and Robert Adams but Woollcott also found it "clever, insidious, engaging".  
Florida By The Sea
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Florida By The Sea 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (also listed as "New summer edition")  
We Should Care
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We Should Care 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 the music is an excerpt taken from another piece of sheet music for this show 
The Monkey Doodle-doo
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The Monkey Doodle-doo 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (also listed as "New summer edition")  
Lucky Boy
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Lucky Boy 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (also listed as "New summer edition")  
 Tango Melody 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (also listed as "New summer edition")  
Five O'Clock Tea
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Five O'Clock Tea 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (also listed as "New summer edition") 
 Minstrel Days   
 My Family Reputation   
 A Hit With The Ladies   
 When We're Runnning A Little Hotel Of Our Own   
Why Do You Want To Know Why?
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Why Do You Want To Know Why? 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (marked "New summer edition") 
Ting-a-ling The Bells'll Ring
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Ting-a-ling The Bells'll Ring 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (marked "New summer edition") 
 Everyone In The Word Is Doing The Charleston 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (marked "New summer edition") 
 Gentlemen Prefer Blonds 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
 (marked "New summer edition") 
 The Tale Of A Shirt Ruysdael, Company  
 The Tale Of A Shirt "Piano Speciality" Chico Marx  
 The Tale Of A Shirt "Harp Speciality" Harpo Marx  

Animal Crackers (1928)Performed byComments
Watching the Clouds Roll By
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Watching the Clouds Roll By 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Mary and John  
Waiting
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Waiting 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Mary, John  
Who's Been List'ning To My Heart
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Who's Been List'ning To My Heart 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Mary and John  
Long Island Low Down
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Long Island Low Down 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
  
Hooray For Captain Spaulding
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Hooray For Captain Spaulding 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
  
The Musketeers
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The Musketeers 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
  


Music in the movies


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The Cocoanuts (1929)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
  
 Flo-Florida By The Sea 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
  
When My Dreams Come True
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When My Dreams Come True 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
Mary Eaton and Oscar Shaw note the extra verse in the Australian sheet music 
 When My Dreams Come True 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
Harpo  
 Monkey Doodle Doo 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
Mary Eaton  
 Dance of the Cocoanuts and reprise of When my dreams... 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
Mary Eaton  
 I want my shirt 
Music and lyrics by: Bizet
 sung to the music of the Toreador Song from Carmen 
 Gypsy Love Song or A cup of coffee, a sandwich and You 
Music and lyrics by: Verdi
 from Aida 
 I-Eat-A (Piano solo) 
Music and lyrics by: Irving Berlin
Chico  

Animal Crackers (1930)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
 Butler's song 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
Hooray For Captain Spaulding
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Hooray For Captain Spaulding 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
Groucho, Cast This became Groucho's signature tune and was, for example, used in "You Bet Your Life" 
 Somewhere My Love Live Sleepin' 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
Why Am I So Romantic
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Why Am I So Romantic  
Music by: Harry Ruby
Lyrics by: Bert Kalmar
  
 End Title 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  

Monkey Business (1931)Performed byComments
 Main Title   
 Sweet Adeline   
 Classical Excerpt   
 Potpourri   
 O Sole Mio   
 Sugar In The Morning   
 Harp Theme   
 End Title   
 What follows is a listing from the movie's script. I will try to work out how this matches to title names above   
 Monkey Business Prelude #2 
Music and lyrics by: John M. Leipold
  
 I'm Happy Over You 
Music and lyrics by: Chico Marx, Violinsky
  
 Sweet Adeline 
Music and lyrics by: Henry Gerard, Henry Armstrong
  
 Improvising   
 Sailor's Hornpipe   
I'm Daffy Over You
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I'm Daffy Over You 
Music and lyrics by: Chico Marx, Sol Violinsky
 The sheet music cover is from the time of "Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel" 
 Just One More Chance 
Music and lyrics by: Coslow, Johnson
  
 Volga Boat Song 
Music and lyrics by: Trad. Russian
  
 Dixie 
Music and lyrics by: D. D. Emmett
  
 Argentina 
Music and lyrics by: Rainger, Leipold
  
 Argentina 
Music and lyrics by: Rainger, Leipold
  
 (Whistle)   
 Just One More Chance 
Music and lyrics by: Coslow, Johnson
  
 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me 
Music and lyrics by: Fain, Norman, Kahal
  

Horse Feathers (1932)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
I'm against it
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I'm against it 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
Ev'ryone Says
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Ev'ryone Says "I Love You" 
Music by: Harry Ruby
Lyrics by: Bert Kalmar
 this title is performed several times in the movie by different people 
 End Title 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  

Duck Soup (1933)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
 His Excellency Is Due 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
 Hymn to Freedonia 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
 Freedonia Is Going To War 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
 End Title 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  

A Night at the Opera (1935)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music and lyrics by: Herbert Stothart
  
Alone
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Alone 
Music by: Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by: Arthur Freed
Allan Jones / Kitty Carlisle  
 Italian Potpurri 
Music and lyrics by: Herbert Stothart
  
Cosi Cosa
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Cosi Cosa 
Music by: Bronislau Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Ned Washington
  
 Piano Theme 
Music and lyrics by: Herbert Stothart
  
 All I do is Dream of You 
Music and lyrics by: Herbert Stothart
  
 Il Trovatore 
Music and lyrics by: Verdi
  
 End Title 
Music and lyrics by: Herbert Stothart
  

A Day at the Races (1937)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
  
Blue Venetian Water
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Blue Venetian Water 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
Allan Jones  
 Who's that Man 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
  
 Prelude In Do Mi, Op 23 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
  
Tomorrow Is Another Day
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Tomorrow Is Another Day 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
Allan Jones  
A Message From The Man In The Moon
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A Message From The Man In The Moon 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
Allan Jones  
All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
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All God's Chillun Got Rhythm 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
Ivy Anderson  
 End Title 
Music by: Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
  

Room Service (1938)Performed byComments
 R.K.O. signature   
 Main Title   
 My Friend Going Back Home   
 Traditional   
 End Title   

At the Circus (1939)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
 Step Up And Take A Bow 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
Two Blind Loves
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Two Blind Loves 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
Kenny Baker  
 Train musique 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
 Beer Barrel Polka 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
 Frida Oum Papa 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
Lydia, The Tattooed Lady
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Lydia, The Tattooed Lady 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
Groucho  
 Swingali 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
 Blue moon 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
 Circus 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  
 End Title 
Music by: Harold Arlen
Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg
  

Go West (1940)Performed byComments
 Main Title   
 You can't argue with love 
Music and lyrics by: Bronislau Kaper
  
 Rindin' the Range 
Music and lyrics by: Roger Edens
  
 My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean   
As If I Didn't Know
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As If I Didn't Know 
Music and lyrics by: Bronislau Kaper
  
 From the Land of the Sky Blue Water 
Music and lyrics by: Charles Wakefield Cadman
  

The Big Store (1941)Performed byComments
 Main Title   
If It's You
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If It's You 
Music and lyrics by: Ben Oakland, Artie Shaw and Milton Drake
Tony Martin  
 Sing While You Sell 
Music by: Hal Borne
Lyrics by: Sid Kuller, Hal Fimberg
  
 Harpo & Chico play Piano   
 Mama Yo Quiero   
 Piano Theme   
 Harpo's bazar   
 Classical Excerpt 
Music by: Bach
  
Tenement Symphony
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Tenement Symphony 
Music by: Hal Borne
Lyrics by: Sid Kuller, Ray Golden
Tony Martin  
 End Title   

A Night in Casablanca (1946)Performed byComments
 Main Title 
Music and lyrics by: Werner Janssen
  
Who's Sorry Now
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Who's Sorry Now 
Music by: Ted Snyder
Lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
  
 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 
Music and lyrics by: Franz Liszt
Harpo played when Harpo finds the room with all the treasure 

Copacabana (1947)Performed byComments
Je Vous Aime
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Je Vous Aime 
Music and lyrics by: Sam Coslow
  
 Go West, Young Man 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
Groucho Marx this song may have originally been written for "Go West", but wasn't used in that movie 

Love Happy (1949)Performed byComments
Main Title
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Main Title 
Music and lyrics by: Ann Ronell
  
 Mama Wants To Know Who Stole The Jam 
Music and lyrics by: Ann Ronell
  
 Love 'N' Strip 
Music and lyrics by: Ann Ronell
  

Mr. Music (1950)Performed byComments
Life Is So Peculiar
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Life Is So Peculiar 
Music by: James van Heusen
Lyrics by: Johnny Burke
Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, The Merry Macs and Groucho Marx As far as I know this is the only song in the movie where Groucho was amongst the performers 


Other music


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(1907)Performed byComments
And A Little Bit More
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And A Little Bit More 
Music by: Fred Fisher
Lyrics by: Alfred Bryan
Julius Marx  

(1922)Performed byComments
Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean
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Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean 
Music and lyrics by: Ed Gallagher & Al Shean
 The Marx Brothers' uncle Al Shean was well known for this song 

(1927)Performed byComments
Thinking of You
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Thinking of You 
Music by: Harry Ruby
Lyrics by: Bert Kalmar
not a Marx Brothers piece but a nice link between the actors from "The Cocoanuts" and the authors of "Animal Crackers"  

(1940)Performed byComments
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon 
Music by: Gus Edwards
Lyrics by: Ed Madden
Chico's Orchestra This song was originally written in 1909 

(1942)Performed byComments
Please Think Of Me
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Please Think Of Me 
Music and lyrics by: Benny Davis, Russ Morgan, Ted Murry
Chico Marx and his Orchestra  

(1948)Performed byComments
 How d'Ye Do And Shake Hands Groucho recorded this in 1948  
 Black Strap Molasses Groucho recorded this in 1948  

(1949)Performed byComments
 The Funniest Song in the World Groucho recorded this in 1949  

(1950)Performed byComments
Lullaby Doll
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Lullaby Doll 
Music by: Harpo Marx
Lyrics by: Gerda
Harpo  
Lucky Little Penny
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Lucky Little Penny 
Music and lyrics by: Chico Marx, Benny Davis, Sol Violinsky
Chico this may be a variation of "I'm Daffy Over You" 

(1951)Performed byComments
Guardian Angel
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Guardian Angel 
Music by: Harpo Marx
Lyrics by: Gerda
Harpo   
 Omaha, Nebraska 
Music by: Harry Ruby
Lyrics by: Groucho Marx
Groucho recorded this in 1951  
 Father's Day 
Music and lyrics by: Harry Ruby
Groucho recorded this in 1951 and performed it in his Carnegie Hall Concert  
Dr Hackenbush
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Dr Hackenbush 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Groucho recorded this in 1951  
Show Me a Rose
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Show Me a Rose 
Music and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Groucho often sang this and recorded it in 1951  
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