Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spike Jones & His City Slickers

No excuses for uplaoding more Spike Jones and his wonderful band. This 1986 LP on the Harlequin label is a compilation of early stuff from 1942 when Spike had not got as wacky as in later years. It only highlights the exceptional musicianship of his eight peice band and hints at things to come, especially in songs like "I Wann Go Back To West Virginia" and "St-St-St-Stella".

"Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 - May 1, 1965) was a popular musician and comedian. He was born in Long Beach, California.
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."

Discover more about Spike Jones HERE.

Spike Jones - I Know A Story

Spike Jones - John Scotter Trot

Spike Jones - The Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes

Spike Jones - I Wanna Go Back To West Virginia

Spike Jones - Come Josephine In My Flying Machine

Spike Jones - Love For Sale

Spike Jones - Moanin' Low

Spike Jones - St-St-St-Stella

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