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Ballads receiving the Jones treatment were punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and outlandish and comedic vocals. Jones' Save My Child - Various - Blues Ballads Volume 2 was a Southern Pacific railroad agent. Young Lindley Jones got his nickname by being so thin that he was compared to a railroad spike. As a teenager he played Ocean Safety - Die Kinder - Die Kinder bands that he formed himself; Jones' first band was called Spike Jones and his Five Tacks.
A railroad restaurant chef taught him how to use pots and pans, forks, knives and spoons as musical instruments. Jones became bored playing the same music each night with the orchestras.
He found other like-minded musicians and they began playing parodies of standard songs for their own entertainment. The musicians wanted their wives to share their enjoyment, so they recorded their weekly performances. One of the recordings made its way into the hands of an RCA Victor executive, who offered the musicians a recording contract.
He initially thought the popularity the record brought them would fade. However, audiences kept asking for more, so Jones started working on more comic arrangements. The City Slickers developed from the Feather Merchants, a band led by vocalist-clarinetist Del Porterwho took a back seat to Jones during the group's embryonic years. The band's early records were issued on RCA Victor's budget-priced Bluebird label, but were soon moved to the more-prestigious Victor label.
They recorded extensively for the company until They also starred in various radio programs — and in their own NBC and CBS television shows from to The liner notes for at least two RCA compilation albums claimed that the two Morgans were brothers the radio shows actually billed them as "Dick and Freddy Morgan"but this was not true; Freddy's real name was Morgenstern. Spike Jones's second wife, singer Helen Graycoperformed in his stage and television shows. Jones had four children: Linda by his first wife, PatriciaSpike Jr.
Spike Jr. Ina strike by the American Federation of Musicians prevented Jones from making commercial recordings for over two years. He could, however, make records for radio broadcasts. The romantic ballad " Cocktails for Two ", originally written to evoke an intimate romantic rendezvous, was re-recorded by Spike Jones in as a raucous, horn-honking, voice-gurgling, hiccuping hymn to the cocktail hour.
The Jones version was a huge hit. Spike's parody of Vaughn Monroe 's rendition of " Ghost Riders in the Sky " was performed as if sung by a drunkard and ridiculed Monroe by name in its final stanza:  . A few pressings containing the first ending were mistakenly released on the West Coast and are a prized rarity today.
Among Made Me Yours - André Indiana - André Indiana series of recordings in the s were humorous takes on the classics such as the adaptation of Liszt 's Liebestraum No.
Others followed: Rossini 's William Tell Overture was rendered on kitchen implements using a horse race as a backdrop, with one of the "horses" in the "race" likely to have inspired the nickname of the lone chrome yellow -painted SNJ aircraft flown by the U. Navy's Blue Save My Child - Various - Blues Ballads Volume 2 aerobatic team's shows in the late s, "Beetle Bomb". In live shows Spike would acknowledge the applause with complete solemnity, saying "Thank you, music lovers.
It was released as a three 7 inch 45 rpm vinyl set in as WP and as a one 45rpm extended play EPA in An abridged and re-sequenced version is also included in the aforementioned 'classics' album, with the complete original version available on the CD collection Spiked: The Music of Spike Jones. Frances Langford was co-host and Groucho Marx was among the guests. Frank Sinatra appeared on the show in Octoberand Lassie in May The final program in the series was broadcast in June While Jones enjoyed the fame and prosperity, he was annoyed that nobody seemed to see beyond the craziness.
Determined to show the world that he was capable of producing legitimate "pretty" music, he formed a second group in Spike Jones and His Other Orchestra played lush arrangements of dance hits. This alternate group played nightclub engagements and was an artistic success, but the paying public preferred the City Slickers and stayed away. Jones wound up paying some of the band's expenses out of his own pocket. Some of the City Slickers band members appeared and recorded with the Other Orchestra, but most of the Other Orchestra personnel consisted of "serious," accomplished studio musicians from the Los Angeles area.
The one outstanding recording by the Other Orchestra is "Laura", which features a serious first half played exquisitely by the Other Orchestra and a manic second half played hilariously by the City Slickers. Jones' son, Spike Jones Jr. InJones had an uncredited bandleading part in the Dead End Kids film Give Us Wingsappearing on camera for about four seconds. Jones was set to team with Abbott and Costello for a Universal Pictures comedy, but when Lou Costello withdrew for medical reasons, Universal replaced the comedy team with look-alikes Hugh O'Brian and Buddy Hackettand promoted Jones to the leading role.
Inthe Jones gang worked on numerous Soundiesmusical shorts similar to later music videos which were shown on coin-operated projectors in arcades, malt shops, and taverns. The band appeared on camera under their own name in four of the Soundies "Clink! Mel Blancthe voice of Bugs Bunny and other Warner Brothers cartoon characters, performed a drunken, hiccuping verse for 's "Clink! Another Drink" reissued in as "The Clink! Jones saw the potential of television and filmed two half-hour pilot films, Foreign Legion and Wild Bill Hiccupin the summer of Veteran comedy director Eddie Cline worked on both, but neither was successful.
The band fared much better on live television, where their spontaneous antics and crazy visual gags guaranteed the viewers a good time. Spike usually dressed in a suit with an enormous check pattern and was Save My Child - Various - Blues Ballads Volume 2 leaping around playing a washboard, cowbells, a suite of klaxons and foghorns, then xylophone, then shooting a pistol. Touch Of Immortality - Mindflow - Just the Two of Us.
Me and Them decline of big bands and the rise of rock and roll in the early s hurt Spike Jones' repertoire. Early rock songs were already novelties, and Jones could not satirise them the same way he had lampooned "Cocktails for Two", "Chloe" or "Laura".
He played rock music for laughs when he presented "for the first time on television, the bottom half of Elvis Presley! Jones was always prepared to adapt to changing tastes. Inwhen America was nostalgically looking back at the s, Jones recorded a straight album of Charleston arrangements. Inhe responded to the growing market for children's records, with tunes aimed directly at kids like "Socko, the Smallest Snowball".
Jones had become increasingly unhappy at RCA Victor due to management interfering with his choice of repertoire and other matters, and he left the label in His later recordings were issued by VerveLiberty and Warner Bros.
InJones supervised an album of Christmas songs, many of which were performed seriously. Innoting the television success of Lawrence Welk and his dance band, he revamped his own act for television. Gone was the old City Slickers mayhem, replaced by a more straightforward big-band sound, with tongue-in-cheek comic moments. The whole field of comedy records changed from musical satires to spoken-word Save My Child - Various - Blues Ballads Volume 2 Bob NewhartMort SahlStan Freberg.
Spike Jones adapted to this, too; most of his later albums are spoken-word comedy, including the horror-genre sendup Spike Jones in Stereo and the send-up of television programs of the period in Omnibust One of his New Band tracks in was a cover of " Dominique ", a hit by The Singing Nunin which he not only plays part of the melody on a banjo but melds the melody successfully with " When the Saints Save My Child - Various - Blues Ballads Volume 2 Marching In!
Jones was a lifelong heavy smoker, reportedly packs a day, and eventually he developed emphysema. Never a very healthy person, his health would deteriorate to the point where he had to use an oxygen tank both offstage and onstage, and he was confined to a seat behind his drum set. In spite of his illness, he continued smoking for the rest of his life and he died in May at the age of Syndicated radio personality Dr.
Demento regularly features Jones' music on his program of comedy and novelty tracks. The song's protagonist's paramour states of Jones: "I can't take the way he sings, but I love to hear him talk. BMG Catalyst. A scene in the romantic comedy I. Inthe Belgian synthpop Le Grain De Mil - B3 - Memoires Telex paid homage to Spike Jones in their album Looney Tuneswith a song named after him.
The intro of that song is a part of the intro from Camptown Races. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with the filmmaker Spike Jonze. For other people named Spike Jones, see Spike Jones disambiguation.
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