The year is 1965: Groucho Marx takes the Hollywood Palace
stage to introduce (in typically gag-laced fashion) the next number on the program, to be sung by none other than his 18-year-old daughter, Melinda Marx
. What follows is, arguably, right up there with some of the worst songs ever written, performed by Melinda and her backup singers in some of the most excruciatingly bad choreography ever seen. But this is Groucho's daughter
we're talking about here, so I just had to share it with you: The East Side of Town
Yes, there's more! Here we find Melinda in a very Phil Spector-ish production, in what appears to be another lip-synch, but pitch is kinda dodgy here and there, and she sounds terribly strained on the chorus: you have to wonder, if this was in fact a lip-synch of a commercially available recording, was someone trying to wreck her career? Well, anyway, What Can I Do?
Then there's this folk-tinged number, Catch the Wind
. Mercifully short!
Yet another performance (again, a lip-sync) of the big hit, here announced simply as East
In all fairness to the young lady, it must be said that the material they gave her to sing was uniformly awful. Perhaps she could've gone on to some success with better songs. She was certainly very lovely, and as history has shown, mediocre singers can actually do rather well in the music biz, if everything else is played right. On the other hand, she didn't look too comfortable in these clips, and I imagine she might've just decided performing wasn't for her.
Here's an IMDb page
on Melinda, who also who did a couple of movies and TV spots.
Finally, you can see her here as a little girl, on Groucho's famous TV show "You Bet Your Life
", singing a little ditty with a very young Candace Bergen and her wisecracking daddy.