Spike Jones

Spike Jones

Real Name:
Lindley Armstrong Jones
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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

Albums

LPM 18 Spike Jones Spike Jones Plays The Charleston For Dancing(10", Album, Mono) RCA Victor LPM 18 US 1952 Sell This Version
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
Spike Jones Dinner Music (For People Who Aren't Very Hungry) (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records Japan 1957 Sell This Version
Spike Jones Spike Jones In Hi-Fi Disques Vogue France 1959 Sell This Version
Spike Jones Spike Jones In Stereo (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records UK 1959 Sell This Version
Spike Jones Featuring Spike Jones (Album) Tiara Records, Tiara Records US 1959 Sell This Version
LPM-1224 Spike Jones Thank You, Music Lovers(LP, Comp) RCA Victor LPM-1224 US 1960 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
Spike Jones New Band (Album) Liberty Canada 1964 Sell This Version
Spike Jones The New Band Of Spike Jones Plays Hank Williams Hits (Album) Liberty US 1965 Sell This Version
Spike Jones "Let's Sing A Song Of Christmas" (Album) MGM Records US 1956 Sell This Version
Spike Jones It's A Spike Jones Christmas (Album) G & O Records 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
Spike Jones The Best Of Spike Jones (Comp) RCA Australia 1975 Sell This Version
HY 1006 Spike Jones That Old Black Magic(LP, Mono) RCA, Starcall Records 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
Spike Jones The King Of Corn (Album) Glendale Records, Glendale Records 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

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
20-5413 Spike Jones With The Jud Conlon Choir Spike Jones With The Jud Conlon Choir - God Bless Us All / I Just Love My Mommy(10", Promo) RCA Victor 20-5413 US 1953 Sell This Version
Spike Jones And His City Slickers, Spike Jones Spike Jones And His City Slickers, Spike Jones - Japanese Skokiaan / I Want Eddie Fisher For Christmas (Single) RCA Victor US 1954 Sell This Version
Spike Jones Spike Jones Plays The Charleston For Dancing (EP) RCA Germany 1954 Sell This Version

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