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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P 277 Spike Jones - Spike Jones Plays The Charleston For Dancing album art Spike Jones Spike Jones Plays The Charleston For Dancing (Album) RCA Victor P 277 US 1950 Sell This Version
EPA 143 Spike Jones - The Nutcracker Suite album art 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 album art Spike Jones Spike Jones Presents A Xmas Spectacular(LP, Album, Bla) Verve Records, Verve Records MGV-2021, MGV 2021 US 1956 Sell This Version
MG V-2021 Spike Jones - Let's Sing A Song Of Christmas album art Spike Jones Let's Sing A Song Of Christmas (Album, Comp) Verve Records MG V-2021 US 1956 Sell This Version
MG V-4005, MGV-4005 Spike Jones - Dinner Music (For People Who Aren't Very Hungry) album art Spike Jones Dinner Music (For People Who Aren't Very Hungry) (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records MG V-4005, MGV-4005 Italy 1957 Sell This Version
TMT 7535, TNT 7535 Spike Jones - Featuring Spike Jones album art Spike Jones Featuring Spike Jones (Album) Tiara Records, Tiara Records TMT 7535, TNT 7535 US 1959 Sell This Version
WST 1332 Spike Jones - Spike Jones In Stereo album art Spike Jones Spike Jones In Stereo (Album) Warner Bros. Records WST 1332 US 1959 Sell This Version
LST-7154 Spike Jones - 60 Years Of "Music America Hates Best" album art Spike Jones 60 Years Of "Music America Hates Best" (Album) Liberty LST-7154 US 1960 Sell This Version
LST-7370 Spike Jones - My Man album art Spike Jones My Man Liberty LST-7370 US 1964 Sell This Version
LST-7349 Spike Jones - New Band album art 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 art Spike Jones The New Band Of Spike Jones Plays Hank Williams Hits (Album) Liberty LRP-3401 US 1965 Sell This Version
JRM06895-B-VL Spike Jones - Bing Crosby's Redheads album art Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Spike Jones Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Spike Jones - Bing Crosby's Redheads(LP) Lee-Bee Discs JRM06895-B-VL US 1965 Sell This Version
10011 Spike Jones - It's A Spike Jones Christmas album art Spike Jones It's A Spike Jones Christmas (Album) G & O Records 10011 US 1970 Sell This Version
MR-1010 Spike Jones - The Spike Jones Show / Vic And Sade album art Spike Jones / Vic And Sade Spike Jones / Vic And Sade - The Spike Jones Show / Vic And Sade (Album) Radiola, Comedy Series MR-1010 US 1972 Sell This Version
HY 1006 Spike Jones - That Old Black Magic album art Spike Jones That Old Black Magic (Album) RCA HY 1006 UK 1975 Sell This Version
Record Six Spike Jones - The Best Of Old Time Radio. The Fabulous Spike Jones album art Spike Jones The Best Of Old Time Radio. The Fabulous Spike Jones(LP) HRB Music Company Record Six 1975 Sell This Version
947447 Spike Jones - The Craziest Show On Earth album art Spike Jones The Craziest Show On Earth G & O Records 947447 US 1977 Sell This Version
6005, GLS-6005 Spike Jones - The King Of Corn album art Spike Jones The King Of Corn (Album) Glendale Records, Glendale Records 6005, GLS-6005 US 1978 Sell This Version
AGL1-4142, AGL1-4142 (e) Spike Jones - Spike Jones Is Murdering The Classics album art Spike Jones Spike Jones Is Murdering The Classics (Comp) RCA Gold Seal, RCA Gold Seal AGL1-4142, AGL1-4142 (e) US 1982 Sell This Version
BLM 52013 Spike Jones - Bing Crosby With Spike Jones And Jimmy Durante album art 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
BVCP-2326 Spike Jones - The Best Of Spike Jones Vol. 1 album art Spike Jones The Best Of Spike Jones Vol. 1(CD, Album, Mono) RCA, BMG Japan, Inc. BVCP-2326 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
NI 2021 Spike Jones - Spike Jones Even Worser album art Spike Jones Spike Jones Even Worser(CD, Album, RM) Nimbus Records NI 2021 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SJ0002 Spike Jones -  Back In Radio's Day With Spike album art Spike Jones Back In Radio's Day With Spike(CD, MiniAlbum) The Estate Of Spike Jones SJ0002 US 2007 Sell This Version
SPK2012 Spike Jones - The Legend album art Spike Jones The Legend(3xDVD-V + CD) SJ2 Entertainment, Infinity Entertainment Group SPK2012 US 2007 Sell This Version
MBR 743 Spike Jones - Vintage Radio Broadcasts - Spike Jones album art Spike Jones Vintage Radio Broadcasts - Spike Jones(LP) Mar-Bren Sound Ltd. MBR 743 US Unknown Sell This Version