Jack Jones (singer)
Jack Jones (born John Allan Jones in January 14, 1938) is an American jazz and pop singer.
He was born in Hollywood, California, as the only son of actors Allan Jones and Irene Hervey. He was considered to be one of the major singers of his time by Frank Sinatra. As a two-time Grammy Awards winner, Jones remains popular in Las Vegas and performs in hotels and in concerts around the world.
Some of his best-known songs included "Wives And Lovers" (now considered seriously non-PC), "Call Me Irresponsible", "Lollipops And Roses", "If", "What I Did for Love", "Dear Heart", "The Impossible Dream", "Lady" and "The Love Boat Theme".
Jones had a well-publicised relationship with the actress, Susan George. He was married briefly to actress Jill St. John.
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He was cremated, and the ashes were entombed in the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California. Groucho Marx died on August 19, 1977. Groucho was a master at improvising clever insults, and became well known for this. One of his frustrations in later years was that when he insulted people who annoyed him they tended to laugh, thinking it was just part of the famous comedian's act. His stage name, "Groucho," was said to have been bestowed on him because while in Vaudeville he kept his money in a bag around his neck known as a "grouch" bag. An alternate story is that he was grouchy.
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Then they would play a brief quiz. The show consisted of Groucho interviewing the contestants and ad libbing jokes. In the 1950s, he hosted the popular television program You Bet Your Life. Groucho also worked as a radio comedian and show host in the 1930s and 1940s.
(See: Marx Brothers). He and his brothers starred in a series of extraordinarily popular movies and stage shows, often departing from the scripts they were using. Groucho developed a routine as a wise-cracking hustler with a distinctive chicken-walking lope and an exaggerated greasepaint moustache, improvising insults to stuffy dowagers (often played by Margaret Dumont) who stood in his way. He quickly dropped the accent and developed the fast-talking wise guy character he would make famous.
However, after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915 public anti-German sentiment was widespread, and Groucho's "German" character was booed. For a time in vaudeville, all the brothers performed in ethnic accents; Groucho did a German accent. Leonard Marx, the oldest Marx brother, developed the "Italian" accent he used as "Chico" to convince some roving bullies that he was Italian, not Jewish. The Marx family grew up on the Upper East Side of New York City, in a small Jewish neighborhood sandwiched between Irish/German and Italian neighborhoods.
Julius Henry Marx, known as Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 - August 19, 1977), was an American comedian, working both with his siblings the Marx Brothers and on his own. This line spread to other nations as well in the 1960s and 1970s. A famous French witticism was "Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho."; "I'm a Marxist of the Groucho variety". [...] He is simply unique in the same way that Picasso or Stravinsky are." — Woody Allen.
"Groucho Marx was the best comedian this country ever produced.