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Spike Jones
Spike Jones
For the music video and film director, see Spike Jonze.

Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 - May 1, 1965) was a popular musician and comedian. He was born in Long Beach, California. Spike Jones, taken from http://www. ... Spike Jones, taken from http://www. ... Spike Jonze with the Silver Bear award for directing the movie Adaptation at the Berlin Film Festival in 2003. ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1911 was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 170. ...


His father was a Southern Pacific railroad agent. He got his nickname by being so thin that he was compared to a railroad spike. At the age of eleven he got his first set of drums. As a teenager he played in bands that he formed himself. A chef in a railroad restaurant taught him how to use adapted pots and pans, forks, knives and spoons as musical instruments. He frequently played in theater pit orchestras. In the 1930's he joined the Victor Young Band and thereby got many offers to appear to radio shows including the Al Jolson Lifebuoy Show, Burns and Allen (with George Burns) and Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall. In 1940, he had an uncredited part in the film Give Us Wings, and in 1942 as a hillbilly in Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy. He joined up with vocalist Del Porter and performed in Los Angeles, gaining a cult following. By 1941 the band included violinist Carl Grayson. Other band members were George Rock (voice and trumpet), Doodles Weaver (voice) and Red Ingle (voice). They became his backing band The City Slickers.Jones's wife was the singer Helen Grayco, who performed on some of his radio shows. They recorded five records for Victor's label "Bluebird" before receiving their big break. The rock band Aerosmith almost named themselves "Spike Jones" in the late bandleader's honor. The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Events and trends Technology Jet engine invented Science Nuclear fission discovered by Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner and Fritz Strassmann Pluto, the ninth planet from the Sun, is discovered by Clyde Tombaugh British biologist Arthur Tansley coins term ecosystem War, peace and politics Socialists proclaim The death of Capitalism Rise to... Ù Al Jolson Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, Lithuania on May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer and the son of Jewish immigrants. ... Burns in the 1950s. ... Bing wooed fans with a sensuous voice, wit, and good looks. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles, ) also known simply as L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... George Rock (October 11, 1919 - April 12, 1988) was a member of Spike Jones and His City Slickers. ... Winstead Sheffield Doodles Weaver (May 11, 1911–January 17, 1983) was an American comedy actor. ... RCA, formerly an initialism for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark used by two companies for products descended from that common ancestor: Thomson SA, which manufactures consumer electronics like RCA-branded televisions, DVD players, video cassette recorders, direct broadcast satellite decoders, camcorders, audio equipment, telephones, and related... Aerosmith is a long-running hard rock band, originally forming in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1970s. ...

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Der Fuehrer's Face

In 1942 Walt Disney made a propaganda cartoon called "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land". It contained the song "Der Fuehrer's Face" which was released as a single. It reached number 2. It is said that even Hitler heard it. Spike had seven top ten hits from 1942 to 1949, even though no new recordings were made for a year during a strike by the American Federation of Musicians. His signature tune, Cocktails for Two, was recorded in about 1943. In 1945 he got his own show. In more than 60 shows his guests included Groucho Marx, Hank Williams, Frankie Laine and Burl Ives. Spike's parody of Vaughn Monroe's "Ghost Riders In the Sky" was quickly withdrawn and is a prized rarity. Sinatra appeared in October 1948, Lassie in May 1949. Through the late 40s and early 50's the band toured the USA and Canada under the name "The Musical Depreciation Revue". The band grew from 7 to 16 players. He appeared in a dozen films in the late forties and fifties, always playing himself. This article is about the year. ... Walt Disney For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Donald Duck Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character best known for his cartoons from Walt Disney Productions. ... Sheet music for the title song Der Fuehrers Face is a 1943 animated cartoon by Walt Disney Studios starring Donald Duck, as well as a song from that short. ... Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945, standard German pronunciation in the IPA) was the Führer (leader) of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) and of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. ... The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) is a labor union of professional musicians in the United States and Canada. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Groucho Marx poses for an NBC promotional photograph Julius Henry Marx, known as Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977), was an American comedian, working both with his siblings, the Marx Brothers, and on his own. ... Hank Williams Sr. ... Frankie Laine on the cover of The Mercury Years collection. ... Burl Ives, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was a successful folk music singer, author and actor. ... Vaughn Monroe (October 7, 1911 - May 21, 1973) was a singer, trumpeter and big band leader, most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Lassie, a Rough Collie, is the worlds most famous dog and a fictional character who has starred in many movies, TV shows, and books over the years. ...


Murdering The Classics

One of his earliest recordings was an adaption of Liszt's "Liebestraum". It was played at a jaunty pace on inappropriate instruments. Rossini's "William Tell Overture" was rendered on kitchen implements. In live shows Spike would acknowledge the applause with complete solemnity, saying "Thank you music lovers". A collection of 12 of these homicides was released in 1971 as "Spike Jones is Murdering The Classics". Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and other Warner Brothers cartoon characters, provided the hiccups on "Clink Clink Another Drink". It used drinking glasses as musical instruments. In 1948 Spike recorded "(All I want for Christmas is) my two Front Teeth". It was a number one hit. Dora Bryan had a hit in 1963 with a variation called "All I want For Christmas is a Beatle". Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a virtuoso pianist and composer. ... Liebesträume (dreams of love), is a set of three solo piano works by Franz Liszt, published in 1850. ... Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 — November 13, 1868) was an Italian musical composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Melvin Jerome Blanc, better known as Mel Blanc (born Melvin Jerome Blank May 30, 1908 in San Francisco, California; died July 10, 1989 in Los Angeles, California), was a famous American voice actor for both classic American radio programs and many animation studios, primarily the Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera... Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny is a fictional cartoon rabbit that appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, and is one of the most recognizable characters, real or imaginary, in the world. ... Warner Bros. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Dora Bryan (born Dora Mary Broadbent on February 7, 1924) is a British actress, a household name with a huge list of films to her credit. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Beatles were a British pop and rock group from Liverpool, England. ...


Soundies

A series of short musical films were made by the band. These so-called soundies were put onto juke boxes. In them we see Jones dressed in a suit with an enormous check pattern, leaping around playing cowbells, a suite of klaxons, foghorns, then xylophone then shooting a pistol into the air. One of their instruments was a "latrinophone", a toilet seat with strings. The band got their own variety shows on NBC then CBS from 1954 to 1961. In 1990 BBC2 screened six compilation shows from these broadcasts. Songs from the soundies were released on a compilation called Not Your Standard Spike Jones Collection. The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC. History The channel was scheduled to begin at 7:20pm on April 20, 1964 and show an evening of light entertainment, starting with the comedy show The Alberts and...


The Fifties

The war years were lean times for Frank Sinatra and he was glad to get work doing a guest spot with Jones. Once his fame grew, Sinatra repaid his debt to Spike by inviting him onto his show in 1958. "The Perry Como Show" had him as a guest in 1956, and Jack Benny in the same year. Also in 1956, Jones released his first LP, Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry. By 1959 his act seemed old-fashioned and work dried up. Spike Jones died in Beverly Hills on 1st May 1965. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Old Blue Eyes belts one out. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Perry Como, born Pierino Ronald Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an Italian American crooner during the latter half of the 20th century. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jack Benny Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) was a comedian, vaudeville performer, film actor, and one of the most prominent early stars of American radio and television. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Dinner Music For People Who Arent Very Hungry - Spike Jones Demonstrates Your Hi-Fi was the first long-playing release by comedic bandleader Spike Jones. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Culver City sign, at the northeast corner of the Sepulveda Boulevard and Centinela Avenue intersection, near the 405 and the 90 freeway interchange. ...


Radioland Murders

In 1994 Mel Smith directed a film based on a script by George Lucas. Set in 1939, it contains fictionalized versions of Spike Jones and Frank Sinatra. Radioland Murders was poorly reviewed and compared unfavorably with Woody Allen's Radio Days. It contains the last appearance of George Burns. Two members of Spike Jones's band appear in the film - Billy Barty (1924 - 2000) and Paul "Mousie" Garner (1909 - 2004), playing themselves. Mel Smith Mel Smith is an English actor, film director, writer, producer born in London on December 3, 1952) He attended New College, Oxford. ... George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Radioland Murders was a 1994 film directed by George Lucas. ... Woody Allen. ... Radio Days is a 1987 film directed by Woody Allen. ... Burns in the 1950s. ... Billy Barty (born William John Bertanzetti) (October 25, 1924–December 23, 2000) was an American film actor. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Misleading biographies

Many compilations from the seventies and eighties contained spurious dates of birth and death for Spike in the liner notes. Unfortunately they have been widely reproduced on the web and in books. He was not born on 14th May 1916, nor did he die on March 29th 1966. His real name was not Harry Joseph Chick Daugherty.


Influence

There is a clear line of influence from the Hoosier Hotshots and the Marx Brothers to Spike Jones and to Stan Freberg, Gerard Hoffnung, Peter Schickele's P.D.Q. Bach, The Goons, Frank Zappa, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band and to "Weird Al" Yankovic. Billy Barty even appeared in a video by "Weird Al" Yankovic. The Hoosier Hot Shots were a quartet of madcap musicians who entertained on stage, screen, radio, and records from the mid thirties into the seventies. ... The brothers in Hollywood: (left to right) Chico, Zeppo, Groucho, Harpo The Marx Brothers were a team of sibling comedians that played in vaudeville, stage plays, film and television. ... Stanley Victor Freberg (born August 7, 1926 in Los Angeles) is a voice actor, comedian, and advertising creative. ... Gerard Hoffnung (1925-1959) was an artist and musician, best known for his humorous works. ... Peter Schickele (born July 17, 1935) is a composer and musical parodist. ... P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742?) is the pseudonym under which Professor Peter Schickele has written a substantial body of satirical music, recorded on nearly twenty compact discs on the Vanguard and Telarc labels. ... The Goons are a small internet community. ... Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, guitarist, singer and satirist. ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band) was the brainchild of the British art-school set of the 1960s. ... Alfred Matthew Weird Al Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is a Grammy award winning American musician, satirist, parodist, accordionist, and television producer. ...


Some other well-known tracks included:

Cocktails for Two is a song from the Big Band era, written by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow. ... The Blue Danube is the common English title of An der schönen blauen Donau op. ... You Always Hurt the One You Love is an old standard song, written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher. ... Spike Jones and His City Slickers produced a rendition of Rossinis William Tell Overture in their unique style. ...

External link

  • http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/waller/TheShiek.ram

Sources

Notes by Peter Gamble from Clink Clink Another Drink CD by Audio Book & Music Company, ABMMCD 1158.


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