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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: December 14, 1911 | Died: May 1, 1965    

Popular musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells, and ridiculous vocals. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the band recorded as Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the USA and Canada under the title, The Musical Depreciation Revue.

Jones's father was a Southern Pacific railroad agent. Young Lindley 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 railroad restaurant chef taught him how to use pots and pans, forks, knives, and spoons as musical instruments. He frequently played in theater pit orchestras. 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.”...
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    The Spike Jones Story

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    2004
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    Spiked! - The Music Of Spike Jones

    Liberty
    1994
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    The Man Who Murdered Music

    Liberty
    1994
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    The King Of Corn

    Liberty
    1978
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    That Old Black Magic

    Liberty
    1975
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    The Very Best Of Spike Jones

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    1975
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    "Let's Sing A Song Of Christmas"

    Liberty
    1970
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