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Spike Jones


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


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

Read "Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! This week we have ...


Article: Album Review

Stu Brown: Twisted Toons Vol. 2 (The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more...)

Read "Twisted Toons Vol. 2 (The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more...)" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Cue the opening titles and the all-too familiar theme of “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"; a blast of which at just 23 seconds is enough to place the listener in the mood for the ensuing fifty five minutes of mayhem-inspired melodies. This is Stu Brown's second paean to the great cartoon score composers. His first ...


Article: Book Review

Hi-De-Ho: The Life Of Cab Calloway

Read "Hi-De-Ho: The Life Of Cab Calloway" reviewed by David Rickert

Hi-De-Ho: The Life of Cab CallowayAlyn ShiptonHardcover; 288 pagesISBN 9780195141535Oxford University Press2010 During the swing revival of the 1990s it was singer and bandleader Cab Calloway, and not Benny Goodman or Duke Ellington or Glenn Miller, who provided the biggest influence--with the snazzy suits, ...


Article: Interview

Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye

Read "Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye" reviewed by Carl L. Hager

While writing the tune “Scrabble" for her recently released CD Ages (Jazzed Media, 2010), lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather's songwriting partner, Dick Hyman, had an unusual request that bordered on a dare: could she work the name of the venerable pianist/composer's family friend Dushka into the lyrics? After all, the middle section of his stride composition ...


The Spike Jones Story

Label: Liberty
Released: 2004


Spiked! - The Music Of Spike Jones

Label: Liberty
Released: 1994


The Man Who Murdered Music

Label: Liberty
Released: 1994


The King Of Corn

Label: Liberty
Released: 1978


The Very Best Of Spike Jones

Label: Liberty
Released: 1975


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