His first instrument was the trumpet, which he began playing at age 8. A doctor was concerned that it would exacerbate his heart murmur. His family had three pianos, so he switched to piano.
[in a 1984 interview with the Washington Post] When [Chico Marx] did "Beer Barrel Polka" he would roll an orange on the keyboard. One time he threw the orange at me, and I threw it to the drummer, George Wettling. The next day everybody in the band ...
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