“The Ash Grove”: Not a Harpo Marx Original

When I first became enchanted with “The Ash Grove” from Harpo Marx’s Harpo in Hi-Fi album, I initially suspected Harpo to have written the piece:

The Ash Grove – Harpo Marx

[Pssst:  Click the triangle above to play “The Ash Grove” by Harpo Marx.]

Harpo Hi Fi LP

But alas, “The Ash Grove” is a traditional Welsh folk song.  Harpo’s version from 1957, coincidentally or not, predates the opening of The Ash Grove folk music club on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles by one year.