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Spike Jones

Spike Jones (December 14, 1911 - May 1, 1965) was a popular musician and comedian. He was born Lindley Armstrong Jones in Long Beach, California. He became a drummer and bandleader, initially supporting such performers as Al Jolson on the Kraft Music Hall radio programme, then in his own band The City Slickers.

The City Slickers created and performed a series of anarchic, cacophonous parodies of popular songs. Der Fuehrer's Face was an early success. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth was a number one hit in 1948.

Other band members were George Rock (voice and trumpet), Doodles Weaver (voice) and Red Ingle (voice).

Jones's wife was the singer Helen Grayco, who performed on some of his radio shows.

On his death in 1965, Spike Jones was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Spike Jones Facts

Birth NameLindley Armstrong Jones
OccupationComedian, Musician
BirthdayDecember 14, 1911
SignSagittarius
BirthplaceLong Beach, California, USA
Date of deathMay 1, 1965 (age 53)

Selected Filmography

The Spike Jones Story
Spike Jones The Legend
The Best Of Spike Jones
Wild Music Spike Jones
Director's Series, Vol. 1
Breakfast In Hollywood
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to off the Wall
Scooby-Doo! Big Top Scooby-Doo!
The Complete History of America's Railroads
Coast to Coast #14
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