BENNY GOODMAN, HARPO MARX, CHICO MARX and HERSCHEL BERNARDI These four entertainment professionals signed a paper that also includes a 5x7 unsigned image of each of the performers Signatures:

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BENNY GOODMAN, HARPO MARX, CHICO MARX and HERSCHEL BERNARDI These four entertainment professionals signed a paper that also includes a 5x7 unsigned image of each of the performers Signatures: "Benny Goodman", "Chico Marx", "Harpo Marx" and "H Bernardi", 4¾x2¾. Accompanied by unsigned composite photograph of the four signers, 5x7 overall, each image 2½x3¼ (one surface). Clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman (1909-1986) had dozens of Top Ten hits during the Swing Era, which is said by some to have begun with his national tour of 1935. He became known as the “King of Swing”. On January 16, 1938, his jazz orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The performance introduced jazz music to mainstream American audiences for the first time. The concert is considered the most important performance in the history of jazz and one of the most important in American music. Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961) was the oldest of the five Marx Brothers and one of the main three performers (including Groucho and Harpo). These three brothers appeared in 17 films together, 1 unreleased and probably lost (Humor Risk, 1921). In most of the films, Chico and Harpo play a troublemaking, crime-committing duo, with Harpo in the silent dunce role and Chico playing the crafty but dim-witted leader. After the brothers' mother and business manager passed away in 1929, Chico took over as business manager for the comedy group. He is credited with the first deal for performers that involved the receiving of a set percentage of a production's gross receipts. During the war years, Chico headed his own orchestra and created a solo comedy act that he continued into the late 1940s. Chico was a skillful imitator of Italian dialect, and he played the piano well enough to entertain an audience. Chico's financial difficulties were a major factor in the group's decision to remain active into the late 1940s and 1950s. They released A Night in Casablanca (1946) to help their brother pay off his gambling debts. Adolph Arthur "Harpo" Marx (1888-1964) was known for his pantomime and harp playing in the zany Marx Brothers comedies, in which he also chased blondes and created general mayhem. Ironically, he never truly learned how to play; as a young boy, he developed his own way of “tuning” the instrument. He usually wore a pink (later red) wig, but in the black and white film era, it looked blonde. As the silent participant in the various comedy acts he had a role in, his character was drawn from the silent character archetype of traditional vaudeville acts. In 1961, the "silent Marx brother" published Harpo Speaks, his autobiography. Herschel Bernardi (1923-1986) earned an Emmy for his recurring character of Lt. Jacobi in the TV series Peter Gunn (1958-1961). He played the lead role in the Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba during the 1970s. He was also a prolific voiceover artist, providing the original voice of many characters still famous today, including Charlie the Tuna, the Jolly Green Giant, and the narrator of the Tootsie Pop commercial. Unidentified signature, inscribed to Bernardi, on verso (very light show through). Smudge touches the flourish of the "n" in Goodman. Irregular right edge from removal from bound book. Fine condition. Two items.

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