Spike Jones

Spike Jones

Real Name:
Lindley Armstrong Jones
Born : December 14, 1911 in Long Beach, California.
Died : May 01, 1965 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

American jazz drummer and bandleader perhaps best known for performing and recording satirical arrangements of popular songs. The songs receiving the Spike Jones treatment would commonly be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells, and outlandish vocals.

Through the 1940s and early 1950s, his band primarily recorded under the name Spike Jones And His City Slickers. They scored their first big hit in 1942 with "Der Fuehrer's Face", a song ridiculing Adolf Hitler that was later adapted by Walt Disney into an animated propaganda film intended to sell war bonds during WWII. Their 1944 rendition of "Cocktails for Two" was also very popular but, they are perhaps best known for the 1948 holiday release "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"

The City Slickers preformed under a variety of names over the years, and some of the rotating cast of members followed Spike when he formed a second group of more serious musicians in 1946 called Spike Jones And His Other Orchestra which played lush arrangements of dance hits. In 1957 he revamped again with Spike Jones And The Band That Plays For Fun, a more straightforward big-band sound featuring a few tongue-in-cheek comic moments.

He also hosted a series of TV programs in the mid to late 1950's, the most notable titled: The Spike Jones Show with his second wife, Helen Grayco, and young (at the time) son Spike Jones Jr.
Spike died in 1965 from emphysema.
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Spike Jones Discography


EPA 143 Spike Jones The Nutcracker Suite(7", EP) RCA Victor EPA 143 US 1953 Sell This Version
MGV-2021, MGV 2021 Spike Jones Spike Jones Presents A Xmas Spectacular(LP, Album, Bla) Verve Records, Verve Records MGV-2021, MGV 2021 US 1956 Sell This Version
MV 2119 Spike Jones Dinner Music (For People Who Aren't Very Hungry) (Album) Verve Records MV 2119 Japan 1957 Sell This Version
CMDW 9726 Spike Jones Spike Jones In Hi-Fi Disques Vogue CMDW 9726 France 1959 Sell This Version
WS 8004, WS 1332 Spike Jones Spike Jones In Stereo (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WS 8004, WS 1332 UK 1959 Sell This Version
TMT 7535, TNT 7535 Spike Jones Featuring Spike Jones (Album) Tiara Records, Tiara Records TMT 7535, TNT 7535 US 1959 Sell This Version
T409 Spike Jones Go Crazy With Spike Jones(LP) World Record Club T409 UK 1960 Sell This Version
LST-7370 Spike Jones My Man(7", MiniAlbum) Liberty LST-7370 US 1964 Sell This Version
LST-7349 Spike Jones New Band (Album) Liberty LST-7349 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
LRP-3401 Spike Jones The New Band Of Spike Jones Plays Hank Williams Hits (Album) Liberty LRP-3401 US 1965 Sell This Version
MG V-2021 Spike Jones "Let's Sing A Song Of Christmas" (Album) MGM Records MG V-2021 US 1956 Sell This Version
10011 Spike Jones It's A Spike Jones Christmas (Album) G & O Records 10011 US 1970 Sell This Version
MR-1010 Spike Jones / Vic And Sade Spike Jones / Vic And Sade - The Spike Jones Show / Vic And Sade(LP) Radiola MR-1010 US 1972 Sell This Version
CAS-7158 Spike Jones The Best Of Spike Jones (Comp) RCA CAS-7158 Australia 1975 Sell This Version
HY 1006 Spike Jones That Old Black Magic(LP, Mono) RCA HY 1006 UK 1975 Sell This Version
947447 Spike Jones 3 Record Set(3xLP, Album) M.F. Distribution Co., Inc. 947447 US 1977 Sell This Version
GLS-6005, 6005 Spike Jones The King Of Corn (Album) Glendale Records, Glendale Records GLS-6005, 6005 US 1978 Sell This Version
BLM 52013 Bing Crosby With Spike Jones And Jimmy Durante Bing Crosby With Spike Jones And Jimmy Durante - Bing Crosby With Spike Jones And Jimmy Durante(LP, Mono) Black Lion Records BLM 52013 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
LPM-1224 Spike Jones Thank You, Music Lovers(LP, Comp) RCA Victor LPM-1224 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

E.A.3442 Spike Jones Hawaiian War Chant / That Old Black Magic(Shellac, 10", Mono) His Master's Voice E.A.3442 Australia 1941 Sell This Version
47-5413 Spike Jones, The Jud Conlon Choir Spike Jones, The Jud Conlon Choir - God Bless Us All(7", Single) RCA Victor 47-5413 US 1953 Sell This Version
EPA 277 Spike Jones Spike Jones Plays The Charleston For Dancing (EP) RCA EPA 277 Germany 1954 Sell This Version
47-5920 Spike Jones And His City Slickers, Spike Jones Spike Jones And His City Slickers, Spike Jones - Japanese Skokiaan / I Want Eddie Fisher For Christmas(7", Single) RCA Victor 47-5920 US 1954 Sell This Version
7EG 8286 Spike Jones Fun In Hi-Fi(7", EP) His Master's Voice 7EG 8286 UK 1957 Sell This Version
EP-V-5057 Spike Jones Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry (EP) Karusell EP-V-5057 Italy 1958 Sell This Version

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