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 Tracks

Albums

Spike Jones And His City Slickers The Nutcracker Suite (Album) RCA Victor UK 1947 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers How The Circus Learned To Smile (Album) RCA Victor US 1949 Sell This Version
WY-359, WY 359 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones Plays His Kind Of Nonsense Music For Children(2x7", Album, Yel) RCA Victor, RCA Victor WY-359, WY 359 US 1949 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones Favorites (EP) RCA Victor US 1950 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers Bottoms Up (Album, EP) RCA Victor US 1952 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones Murders Carmen And Kids The Classics RCA Victor US 1953 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers A Course In Musical Depreciation His Master's Voice New Zealand 1955 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones Presents A Xmas Spectacular (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records US 1959 Sell This Version
C.S.J. 1001 Spike Jones & His City Slickers* The King Of Corn(LP, Album, Comp) Cornographic Records C.S.J. 1001 US 1975 Sell This Version
GS 1754, G.S. 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, Golden Spike Records GS 1754, G.S. 1754 US 1975 Sell This Version
LP 1002 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Spike Jones' Depreciation Revue(LP) Silver Swan LP 1002 US 1975 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers The Hilarious Spike Jones (Album) Pickwick US 1976 Sell This Version
NL 42730 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Showcase(LP) RCA NL 42730 UK 1978 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers I Went To Your Wedding RCA International, RCA International UK 1980 Sell This Version
S.H. 2073 Spike Jones And His City Slickers On The Air!(LP) Sandy Hook Records S.H. 2073 US 1983 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers Around The World With Spike Jones And His City Slickers (Comp, Album) Lotus Italy 1984 Sell This Version
HQ CD 30 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Corn's A-Poppin'(CD, Album, RM) Harlequin HQ CD 30 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CD 6326 Spike Jones And His City Slickers Cocktails For Two(CD) Music Digital CD 6326 UK 2002 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
RVP-6300 スパイク・ジョーンズとシティ・スリッカーズ* The Best of Spike Jones = 決定盤!元祖・冗談音楽/スパイク・ジョーンズ大傑作大会 =The Best Of Spike Jones(LP) RCA RVP-6300 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Spike Jones And His City Slickers Barstool Cowboy From Old Barstow / The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along Bluebird (3) Canada 1941 Sell This Version
Spike Jones & His City Slickers* Behind Those Swinging Doors / Red Wing Bluebird (3) Canada 1941 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers Der Fuehrer's Face / I Wanna Go Back To West Virginia (Single) Bluebird (3) Canada 1942 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers Little Bo-Peep Has Lost Her Jeep / Pass The Biscuits, Mirandy Bluebird (3) US 1942 Sell This Version