Doodles Weaver
(Movies & TV)
Bing Crosby
(Movies & TV)
Walt Disney
(Movies & TV)
Tom Stacks
Ted Healy
(Movies & TV)
Jack Benny
(Movies & TV)
Hugh Herbert
(Movies & TV)

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Spike Jones

Knowledge Identifier: +Spike_Jones


Spike Jones

American musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs add

Category: Music

Born in 1911.

Countries: United States (86%), United Kingdom (4%), Canada (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Doodles Weaver, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney

Linked to: The Beatles, Decca Records, The Band, NBC




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Spike Jones was born in 1911 add something


In the 1930s he joined the Victor Young orchestra and thereby got many offers to appear on radio shows, including Al Jolson's "Lifebuoy Program", "Burns and Allen", and Bing Crosby's "Kraft Music Hall" add something


Peter James and Paul "Mousie" Garner were former members of Ted Healy's vaudeville act and had replaced Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard as Healy's "stooges" in the 1930s add something


From 1937 to 1942, he was the percussionist for the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, which played on Bing Crosby's first recording of "White Christmas add something


Among the series of recordings in the 1940s were humorous takes on the classics such as the adaptation of Liszt's "Liebesträume", played at a breakneck pace on unusual instruments add something


In 1940, Jones had an uncredited bandleading part in the Dead End Kids film "Give Us Wings", appearing on camera for about four seconds add something


Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the band recorded under the title "'Spike Jones and his City Slickers"' and toured the United States and Canada under the title "The Musical Depreciation Revue add something


Tom Stacks - Doodles Weaver and the Spike Jones band used the same format in the 1940s, with Weaver's delivery even sounding like Tom Stacks


Kaye Ballard - Kaye established herself as a musical comedienne in the 1940s, joining the Spike Jones touring revue of entertainers


None but the Lonely Heart (film) - Musical comedian and parodist Spike Jones recorded a three minute spoof of radio soap operas entitled "None but the Lonely Heart " in the 1940s


Frances Langford - She worked for several years in the late 1940s on Spike Jones' show and starred in a short-lived DuMont variety show "Star Time"


The band signed a recording contract with RCA Victor in 1941 and recorded extensively for the company until 1955 add something


In 1942 the Jones gang worked on numerous Soundies, musical shorts seen on coin-operated projectors in arcades, malt shops, and taverns add something


In 1942, a strike by the American Federation of Musicians prevented Jones from making commercial recordings for over two years add something


Jack Benny - By 1943, Jack Benny's Maxwell had become such a well known aspect of popular culture that it was referenced in the Spike Jones record "The Sound Effects Man"


The romantic ballad "Cocktails for Two", originally written to evoke an intimate romantic rendezvous, was re-recorded by Spike Jones in 1944 as a raucous, horn-honking, voice-gurgling, hiccuping hymn to the cocktail hour add something


After appearing as the house band on "The Bob Burns Show," Spike got his own radio show on NBC, "The Chase and Sanborn Program", as Edgar Bergen's summer replacement in 1945 add something


In December 1945 Spike released his version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite", arranged by Joe "Country" Washburne with lyrics by Foster Carling add something


Determined to show the world that he was capable of producing legitimate "pretty" music, he formed a second group in 1946 add something


Doodles Weaver - Weaver signed on in 1946 as a member of Spike Jones's City Slickers band


The guest list for Jones's 1947-49 CBS program for Coca-Cola included Frankie Laine, Mel Torme, Peter Lorre, Don Ameche and Burl Ives add something


Jones' recording, "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth", with a piping vocal by George Rock, was a number-one hit in 1948 add something


Frank Sinatra appeared on the show in October 1948, and Lassie in May 1949 add something


The original version was released on the European market in 1949 add something


The final program in the series was broadcast in June 1949 add something


Frank Tashlin - Another children's story which Tashlin wrote in 1949 was recorded by Spike Jones, "How the Circus Learned to Smile"


In 1950, when America was nostalgically looking back at the 1920s, Jones recorded an album of Charleston arrangements add something


Jones saw the potential of television and filmed two half-hour pilot films, "Foreign Legion" and "Wild Bill Hiccup", in the summer of 1950 add something


Billy Barty - During the 1950s he became a TV star, appearing regularly in the Spike Jones ensemble


Bill Dana (comedian) - In the 1950s, he performed on "The Imogene Coca Show", "The Danny Thomas Show" and "The Martha Raye Show", as well as writing for and producing "The Spike Jones Show"


The band starred in variety shows, such as "The Colgate Comedy Hour" and their "All Star Revue" before being given his own slot by NBC, "The Spike Jones Show", which aired early in 1954, and "Club Oasis" on NBC, in the summer of 1958; and by CBS, as "The Spike Jones Show," in the summers of 1957, 1960, and 1961 add something


Doodles Weaver - It features Weaver's appearances on 1951-52 Spike Jones TV specials


Doodles Weaver - Weaver toured the country with the Spike Jones Music Depreciation Revue until 1951


Hugh Herbert - Shortly before his death from a heart attack in 1952, he appeared on network television, making a surprise appearance on a live Spike Jones show


In 1953 he responded to the growing market for children's records, with tunes aimed directly at kids add something


Jones was set to team with Abbott and Costello for a 1954 Universal Pictures comedy, but when Lou Costello withdrew for medical reasons, Universal replaced the comedy team with look-alikes Hugh O'Brian and Buddy Hackett, and promoted Jones to the leading role add something


Jones had long been unhappy at RCA Victor and left the label in 1955 add something


Jones and his City Slickers appeared on NBC's "The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford" in the episode which aired on November 15, 1956 add something


In 1957, noting the television success of Lawrence Welk and his dance band, he revamped his own act for television add something

Spike Jones died in 1965 add something


A collection of these 12 "homicides" was released by RCA in 1971 as "Spike Jones Is Murdering the Classics add something


According to David Wild's review in Rolling Stone Magazine, Elvis Costello's 1989 Album "Spike" was named partly in tribute to Jones add something


In 1990, BBC2 screened six compilation shows from these broadcasts; they were subsequently aired on PBS stations add something


In 1997, singers Artie Schroeck and Linda November directed a production in Atlantic City entitled "The New City Slickers Present a Tribute to Spike Jones", with a band that attempted to re-create the style and humor of Jones' music add something


George Carlin - Carlin, George, "George Carlin on Comedy", "Lenny Bruce",, 2002 Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Marx Brothers, Mort Sahl, Spike Jones, Ernie_Kovacs, Ritz Brothers Monty Python