Spike Jones And His City Slickers

Spike Jones And His City Slickers

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Orchestra / band, active from the early 1940s to the mid 1950s, which specialized in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs.
Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells, and outlandish vocals.

The group came to be due to drummer Spike Jones growing bored with playing the same music each night he performed with the Victor Young orchestra;
First to be recruited was Delmar Porter, who sang with the Foursome -- a vocal and ocarina quartet Jones had backed on Decca Records -- was Jones' partner in musical mayhem from the outset. Porter led a six-piece group called the Feather Merchants, which was managed by Jones before it gradually evolved into the City Slickers.
They soon found other like-minded musicians and together they began playing parodies of standard songs for their own entertainment. The musicians wanted their wives to share in their enjoyment, so they recorded their weekly performances.
One of the recordings somehow made its way into the hands of an RCA Victor executive, who offered the musicians a recording contract. The first record made by the City Slickers was Der Fuehrer's Face.

Because of the success of the record, Jones turned from being the group's drummer to being its bandleader. He initially thought the popularity he and the City Slickers enjoyed as a result of the record would fade. Audiences kept wanting to hear more from Jones and his band, so he began working at more comic arrangements for the group.

The band released their last album in 1956, calling it a day soon afterward due to Jones wishing to perform "more serious" music.
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Spike Jones And His City Slickers Discography

Albums

B.D.1182, B.D.1183, B.D.1184 Spike Jones And His City Slickers The Nutcracker Suite (Album) RCA Victor B.D.1182, B.D.1183, B.D.1184 UK 1949 Sell This Version
WY 387 Spike Jones And His City Slickers How The Circus Learned To Smile(2x7", Album, Yel) RCA Victor WY 387 US 1949 Sell This Version
WP 288 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones Favorites (EP) RCA Victor WP 288 US 1950 Sell This Version
LPM 3128 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones Murders Carmen And Kids The Classics(10") RCA Victor LPM 3128 US 1953 Sell This Version
ODLP 7503 Spike Jones And His City Slickers A Course In Musical Depreciation(10") His Master's Voice ODLP 7503 Australia 1955 Sell This Version
MGV-2021, MGV 2021 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones Presents A Xmas Spectacular(LP, Album, RE, Blu) Verve Records, Verve Records MGV-2021, MGV 2021 US 1959 Sell This Version
LPM-2224 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Thank You, Music Lovers (Album, Comp) RCA Victor LPM-2224 Canada 1960 Sell This Version
GS-1754 Spike Jones And His City Slickers ...And The Great Big Saw Came Nearer And Nearer And Nearer And Nearer And Nearer!(LP, Album) Golden Spike Records GS-1754 US 1975 Sell This Version
C8S-7031 Spike Jones And His City Slickers The Hilarious Spike Jones (Album) Pickwick C8S-7031 US 1976 Sell This Version
NL 42730 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Showcase(LP) RCA NL 42730 UK 1978 Sell This Version
INTS 5052, NL 43294 Spike Jones And His City Slickers I Went To Your Wedding RCA International, RCA International INTS 5052, NL 43294 UK 1980 Sell This Version
A 130 216 Spike Jones Et Ses City Slickers* Carmen Au Texas / Spike Jones S'amuse(10", Album) RCA A 130 216 France Unknown Sell This Version
none Spike Jones And His City Slickers Musical Depreciation(5xShellac, 10", Album) RCA Victor none US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

B-11364 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Barstool Cowboy From Old Barstow / The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-11364 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-11282 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Behind Those Swinging Doors / Red Wing(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-11282 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-11560 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine / Siam Bluebird (3) B-11560 US 1942 Sell This Version
30-0812 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Oh! By Jingo! (Oh! By Gee! By Gosh, By Gum, By Juv) / The Sheik Of Araby Bluebird (3) 30-0812 US 1942 Sell This Version
B-11586 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Der Fuehrer's Face / I Wanna Go Back To West Virginia (Single) Bluebird (3) B-11586 US 1942 Sell This Version
B-11466 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Clink, Clink, Another Drink / Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit-Bag(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-11466 US 1942 Sell This Version
36 Spike Jones And His City Slickers / King's Men* / Bob Crosby And His Orchestra Spike Jones And His City Slickers / King's Men* / Bob Crosby And His Orchestra - Der Fuehrer's Face / McNamara's Band / What's The Good Word, Mr. Bluebird(12") V Disc 36 US 1943 Sell This Version
20-1628 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Cocktails For Two / Leave The Dishes In The Sink, Ma Victor 20-1628 Canada 1944 Sell This Version
113 Spike Jones And His City Slickers That Old Black Magic(12") V Disc 113 US 1944 Sell This Version
125 Spike Jones And His City Slickers As Time Goes By(12") V Disc 125 US 1944 Sell This Version
30-0818 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Hotcha Cornia / The Wild, Wild Women(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 30-0818 US 1944 Sell This Version
HE 2579 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Cocktails For Two (Single) His Master's Voice HE 2579 Switzerland 1945 Sell This Version