Knowledge Identifier: +Spike_Jones
Born in 1911.
Countries: United States (86%), United Kingdom (4%), Canada (4%)
Linked to: The Beatles, Decca Records, The Band, NBC
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"
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
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"
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"
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
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
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
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
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
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