How Alice Cooper and Groucho Marx Got To Be Midnight Buds

December 27, 2010

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Great story about how Groucho Marx and Alice Cooper became close friends.  Groucho really “got” what Alice Cooper was about and it was he who gave Alice the nickname “Coop.”

By Doug Elfman

Article From Las Vegas Review-Journal


Alice Cooper  used to hang out with Groucho Marx, a story Cooper has told in a book. Here’s the story as he tells me:

It was Groucho who dubbed Alice’s horror-comedy concerts “vaudeville,” a classification Alice immediately knew was right.

“Groucho,” he says, “came to the show and said, ‘Oh, vaudeville.’ Before that everybody said ‘shock rock,’ and ‘theatrical rock’ and ‘glam rock.’ When Groucho said, ‘vaudeville,’ I said, ‘Wow, that’s exactly what it is.’”

Groucho called him ‘Coop,’ the way Groucho had called Gary Cooper “Coop,” and it stuck.

They met while dueting on “Lidia the Tattooed Lady” at a Frank Sinatra birthday party.

They became friends while living in Beverly Hills. Groucho had insomnia and would call Coop at 1 a.m. to hang out.

“He had a chair next to his bed with a six pack of Budweiser, and we would sit and watch old movies. And then pretty soon, after about two movies were over, I’d look over and he’d be in his beret and his cigar and he’d finally go to sleep. I’d put out his cigar, turn out the lights and go home. And the next night, one o’clock in the morning: ‘Hey coop, can’t sleep, come on over.’”

Groucho took his friends to Coop’s concert, from George Burns to Jack Benny and Mae West. Ballet dancers in Coop’s show, performing as skeletons, would look over and see Fred Astaire on the side of the stage.

Read the rest of the Article, HERE.

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Troy June 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Sir Paul McCartney, in his autobiography “Many Years From Now” talks about the odd friendship. He says that he was showing Cooper a circular room in his house which later, Cooper and Marx gave newlywed McCartney a circular bed to fit in the room. Included was a note asking that McCartney not ask where the stains came from. He also mentions how Marx used to love going out to eat with Cooper and upstaging the “shock rocker” by loudly demanding drugs from the waiter for Cooper.


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