SPIKE JONES: Hits Medley
Janill Gilbert stashed this in Funny
Thurston Howell (Gilligan's Isle) Jim Backus (Mr Magoo) introduces Spike Jones, who looks a bit like an older Leonardo DiCaprio
Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 – May 1, 1965) was an American 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 outlandish vocals. 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.
I always think of Spike Jones around the holidays, because of this song:
George Rock (October 11, 1919 – April 12, 1988) was a member of Spike Jones and His City Slickers.
In addition to being a trumpet player, he also sang with the group from time to time, using a voice characterization that sounded like a child. He sang "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" and "I'm Forever Blowing Bubble Gum," during the recording of which Jones addressed him as "George".
He also performed on other recordings by Spike Jones and the City Slickers including "I'm the Captain of the Space Ship", "You Wanna Buy a Bunny?", "I'm the Angel in the Christmas Play", and "Happy New Year" (the flip side of "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth").
And here's another:
He was a lifelong smoker, and died at 53 of emphysema, to read more about his life:
Weird Al talks about Spike Jones
I love the comedy, wish we had more of this, it would do us good ;)
Yes, comedy is always appreciated, Janill.
The Angel in the Christmas Play
Spike Jones is a staple on Cable TV's "Sounds of the Season: Classic Holiday"
It looks like the Spike Jones version was recorded in 1948-49, and then recorded by The Chipmunks in 1963.
Fascinating! So the Chipmunks needed a follow-up to their original "Christmas Song" and looked to remake a classic to keep the hits going. Thank you for sharing, Janill.
I have heard it before, sung by Leland Palmer
That's quite a connection, Spike Jones to Twin Peaks!
Wow, was that a fascinating leap! I don't remember that scene but Leland sings it PERFECTLY!