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Spike Jones And His City Slickers

Spike Jones kept up a frenetic pace in the late 1930s as a freelance studio musician for motion pictures, records, and radio shows. The busy young drummer commuted to Hollywood studios in a station wagon that was a veritable junkyard on wheels. But he had little opportunity to employ cowbells, sirens, and automobile horns in his work at the time. He felt so frustrated he decided to form his own band "where I could make as much noise as I wanted," he once claimed.

Delmar Porter, who sang with the Foursome -- a vocal and ocarina quartet Jones had backed on Decca Records -- was Jones' partner in musical mayhem from the outset. Porter led a six-piece group called the Feather Merchants, which was managed by Jones before it gradually evolved into the City Slickers.

Few musicians took Jones and Porter seriously when they started the band. It was no more than a spare time proposition, and many of them -- who had steady work in radio -- departed after a rehearsal or two.

The precise evolution of the band, which consisted of various studio musicians of Spike's and Del's acquaintance, is unclear. Adding to the puzzle is the existence of a concurrent Jones band which made experimental "penny records" for the short-lived Cinematone Corporation. The second group included not only Porter but future Slickers Perry Botkin (banjo), Kingsley Jackson (trombone), and Stanley Wrightsman (piano).

Jones was not officially the leader of the City Slickers -- nor had the group yet adopted the name -- when they entered Victor studios for the first time in 1941. "It was a lot of fun but it never occurred to me it was going to be anything big," said trumpeter Bruce Hudson, who was hired for the afternoon. "We were freelance musicians who were having a ball doing crazy music."

Del Porter sang the numbers and did the basic arrangements with trombonist King Jackson, who pumped a lot of imagination into the group. When "Behind Those Swinging Doors"/"Red Wing" was issued that October, the label identified the group -- for the first time publicly -- as Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

Within a year of their first Victor session, most of the sidemen involved -- including Botkin, Jackson, Wrightsman, and bassist Hank Stern -- departed for greener pastures. Porter and violinist Carl "Donald" Grayson were the exceptions. Don Anderson, a colleague of Spike's from Fibber McGee & Molly, joined the day after the initial session, becoming the band's first steady trumpet player.

Botkin, who was too busy with radio work, brought Luther Roundtree in to replace him on banjo. Wrightsman, an ace jazz pianist who didn't care for the Slickers' slam-bang style, gave his seat behind the keyboard to Frank Leithner, who played The Eddie Cantor Show with Spike. Jackson left to enlist in the army and was replaced by trombonist John Stanley.

Hank Stern's successor on tuba and string bass was a man of almost limitless talent. Joe "Country" Washburne, a first-rate jazz musician who had performed with Ted Weems, eventually took over most of the arranging duties from Porter. In doing so, he became a major influence on the Slickers in their evolution from a pleasantly silly cornball style to the riotous, all-stops-out zaniness that put them over the top.

Ernest "Red" Ingle, a colleague of Washburne's from the Weems band, was more than capable on the saxophone; he was hired less for his musical skills than his comic genius. Along with Carl Grayson, Jones came to rely heavily on Ingle for the gags and vocal effects used to annihilate the songs.

Many of the early Slickers left the band because they could not accommodate Jones' demand for "first call" on their availability. Most of them had other jobs and considered the band a secondary job. Frank Leithner, who worked seemingly every radio show in town, was one of the few Slickers who named his own terms, and got them.

Other associates like Del Porter departed because they felt their contributions were taken for granted. Country Washburne, whose arranging talents forever "Spiked" "Cocktails for Two," received no acknowledgment for this contribution to the band's success, yet continued to arrange for Jones, despite the anonymity of the task.

But musicians everywhere wanted to work with Spike. Shortly before Porter left, Jones added two key players. Dick "Red" Morgan, who had recorded with Alvino Rey, joined on banjo and guitar; trumpeter George Rock was snatched from the employ of rival music butcher Freddie Fisher, and soon became the dominant sound in Jones' ensemble.

The face of the band changed substantially in 1946, a year of dramatic personal and professional change for Jones. More in demand than ever, he stopped drinking and reorganized the group for a new two-hour variety show. he also began touring the country on a punishing schedule. Hard-drinking Carl Grayson, who had contributed much to the success of the band -- including the vocals on "Der Fuehrer's Face" and "Cocktails for Two" -- was among the first to be dismissed.

Red Ingle quit the group to pursue other ventures, including his own band, and several others were fired. Among their replacements were up-and-coming nightclub comedians Doodles Weaver and Earl Bennett (whom he rechristened Sir Frederick Gas), clarinetist Mickey Katz, drummer Joe Siracusa, and veteran comic-banjo player Freddy Morgan. Bird and animal imitator Purv Pullen (renamed Dr. Horatio Q. Birdbath) brought an aural menagerie along with him; dwarf Frankie Little and giant Junior Martin provided additional comic relief.

The band reached its zenith in the late '40s -- the very top of its game -- with The Musical Depreciation Revue, a Coca Cola-sponsored CBS radio series, and some of their most musically sophisticated records, including "Rhapsody from Hunger" and "Morpheus." But within a few short years the rigors of the road -- and an invention called television -- began to take their toll on the zany band and its once hugely popular enterprise. Jones made a valiant effort to tackle the new medium with appearances on The Colgate Comedy Hour and a number of short-lived series, but his declining health and a change in musical tastes were the end of the line for the City Slickers.

Jones' so-called New Band, which combined folk music with traditional Dixieland jazz in the early '60s -- and disappointed his old fans -- was "just a temporary musical disarmament until rock & roll blows over." But he was forced to admit: "It's been eight years blowing over, and it's blowing better now than ever." ~ Jordan R. Young
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cocktails for Two - The Musical Comedy of Spike Jones

1. Cocktails for Two

2. You Always Hurt the One You Love

3. My Old Flame

4. That Old Black Magic

5. The Blue Danube

6. The Glow-Worm

7. The Great Big Saw Came Nearer and Nearer

8. My Two Front Teeth

9. As Time Goes By

10. I Kiss Your Hand Madame

11. Macnamara's Band

12. Little Bo-Peep Has Lost Her Jeep

13. Serenade to a Jerk

14. I Wanna Go Back to West Virginia

15. Chloe

16. The Man on the Flying Trapeze

17. My Pretty Girl

18. Popcorn Sack

19. Hotcha Cornia

20. William Tell Overture

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Track List: Old Macdonald Had A Farm

1. Glow-Worm

2. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

3. I Went To Your Wedding

4. I Haven't Been Home For Three Whole Nights

5. Too Young

6. The Sheik Of Araby

7. Three Little Fishes (Itty Bitty Poo)

8. Pop Corn Sack

9. Rhapsody From Hunger(Y)

10. Clink Clink Another Drink

11. Old Macdonald Had A Farm

12. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

13. Our Hour

14. People Are Funnier Than Anybody

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Track List: When Yuba Plays The Rhumba On The Tuba

1. When Yuba Plays The Rhumba On The Tuba

2. Whittle Out A Whistle

3. Yes We Have No Bananas

4. You Always Hurt The One You Love

5. Behind Those Swinging Doors

6. Dragnet Theme

7. Winter

8. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

9. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

10. The Little Girls Dream

11. End Of The Little Girls Dream

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Track List: Leave The Dishes In The Sink, Ma

1. Leave The Dishes In The Sink, Ma

2. Chinese Mule Train

3. Love In Bloom

4. My Old Flame

5. None But The Lonely Heart

6. Jones Polka

7. Laura

8. Mother Goose Medley

9. My Pretty Girl

10. Liebstraum

11. Macnamara's Band

12. Land Of the Sugar Plumb Fairy

13. Jamboree Jones

14. It Never Rains In Sunny California (Live)

15. I'm Going To Write Home

16. John Scotter Trot

17. Little Bo-Peeb Has Lost Her Jeep

18. Love For Sale

19. Mr. Music Master

20. Never Hit Your Granny With A Shovel (Soft Boiled Ballads)

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Track List: The Sheik Of Araby

1. The Sheik Of Araby

2. William Tell Overture

3. The Man On The Flying Trapeze

4. The Sailor With Navy Blue Eyes

5. The Sound Effects Man (Live)

6. The Vamp (Live)

7. There's A Fly On My Music (Live)

8. Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye

9. Knock Knock, Who's There

10. Wang Wang Blues (Live)

11. When Buddah Smiles

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Track List: Hawaiin War Chant

1. Hawaiian War Chant

2. Hong Kong Blues

3. I Went To Your Wedding

4. I Kiss Your Hand Madame

5. Il Barko (Il Barcio)

6. I'm Forever Blowing Bubble Gum

7. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

8. I Dream Of Brownie With The Light Blue Jeans

9. Drip Drip Drip (Sloppy Lagoon)

10. Holiday For Strings

11. I Wanna Gal Just Like The Gal That Married Dear Old Dad (Live)

12. I'm Goin' Back To Where I Came From (Live)

13. Down In Jungle Town

14. G.I. Haircut (Live)

15. He Broke My Heart In Three Places (Live)

16. Hotcha Cornia (Hotcha Chornya Russian Folk Songs)

17. Hi Ho My Lady

18. Horsey Keep Your Tail Up

19. I Know A Story

20. I Wanna Go Back To West Virginia

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Track List: The Essential Spike Jones & His City Slickers, Vol 2

1. Chloë (Song Of The Swamp)

2. Besame Mucho

3. As Time Goes By

4. Chinese Mule Train

5. Down By The O-hi-o

6. Ragtime Cowboy Joe

7. I Went To Your Wedding

8. My Old Flame

9. None But The Lonely Heart

10. The Sound Effects Man

11. The Sheik Of Araby

12. Three Little Words

13. Ya Wanna Buy A Bunny?

14. The Vamp

15. That Old Black Magic

16. By The Beautiful Sea

17. Behind Those Swingin' Doors

18. (I'm Forever) Blowing Bubble Gum

19. Cheatin' On The Sandman

20. Come Josephine In My Flying Machine

21. Down In Jungle Town

22. He Broke My Heart In Three Places

23. Liebestraum

24. Love For Sale

25. Never Hit Your Grandma With A Shovel

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Track List: Classic Songs Of Spike Jones And His City Slickers

1. Cocktails For Two

2. That Old Black Magic

3. Sheik Of Araby

4. You Always Hurt The One You Love

5. Liebestraum

6. Holiday For Strings

7. Behind Those Swingin' Doors

8. Clink Clink, Another Drink

9. Der Fuehrer's Face

10. Hotcha, Cornya

11. Blue Danube

12. Red Wing

13. Barstool Cowboy From Barstow

15. Glow Worm

16. Oh By Jingo

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Track List: The Jones Laughing Record

1. Hawaiian War Chant

2. My Old Flame

3. Chloe

4. Der Fuehrer's Face

5. Little Bo-Peep Has Lost Her Jeep

6. The Jones Laughing Record (Introdusing The Flight Of The Bumble Bee)

7. Laura

8. Drip, Drip, Drip (Sloppy Lagoon)

9. The Glow-Worm

10. Red Wing

11. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

12. The Great Big Saw Came Nearer And Nearer

13. Liebesträume

14. Leave The Dishes In The Sink, Ma

15. Our Hour (The Puppy Love Song)

16. By The Beautiful Sea

17. (I'm Forever) Blowing Bubble Gum

18. Love In Bloom

19. Behind Those Swinging Doors

20. None But The Lonely Heart (A Soaperetta)

21. The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along

22. Cocktails For Two

23. My Pretty Girl

24. Hotcha Cornia (Hotcha Chornya) (Russian Folk Songs)

25. Popcorn Sack

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Clink Clink, Another Drink

2. Leave The Dishes In The Sink, Ma

3. My Old Flame

4. Holiday For Strings

5. Chloe (Featured In Paramount Picture "Bring On The Girls")

6. Chinese Mule Train

7. Der Fuehrer's Face (From The Walt Disney Picture "Nuttsey Land")

8. The Sheik Of Araby

9. Dance Of The Hours

10. Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)

11. William Tell Overture

12. I Went To Your Wedding

13. Ya Wanna Buy A Bunny?

14. Cocktails For Two (78rpm Version)

15. Winter

16. The Tennessee Waltz

17. Oh! By Jingo

18. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Seasonal)

19. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (Seasonal)

20. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Seasonal)

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Track List: Musical Depreciation

1. Cocktails For Two

2. Cloe (Songs Of The Swamp)

3. Behind Those Swingin' Doors

4. Red Wing

5. The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along

6. Clink, Clink, Another Drink!

7. Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Jeep

8. Pass The Biscuits, Mirandy

9. Der Fuehrer's Face

10. I Wanna Go To West Virginia

11. Hotcha Cornia (Black Eyes)

12. Leave The Dishes In The Sink, Ma

13. Serenade To A Jerk

14. Holiday For Strings

15. The Blue Danube

16. You Always Hurt The One You Love

17. Hawaiian War Chant

18. Liebestraum

19. That Old Black Magic

20. The Nutcracker Part 1: The Little Girl's Dream

21. The Nutcracker Part 2: Land Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy

22. The Nutcracker Part 3: The Fairy Ball

23. The Nutcracker Part 4: The Mysterious Room

24. The Nutcracker Part 5: Back To The Fairy Ball

25. The Nutcracker Part 6: End Of The Little Girl's Dream

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Track List: Smirking With Spike

1. Old MacDonald Had A Farm

2. The Glow Worm

3. I Kiss Your Hand, Madame

4. Ill Barkio (Il Bacio)

5. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

6. Laura

7. Mother Goose Medley

8. Love In Bloom

9. Minka

10. My Old Flame

11. None But The Lonely Heart (A Soaperetta)

12. Our Hour (The Puppy Love Song)

13. People Are Funnier Than Anybody

14. The Jones Laughing Record

15. The Man On The Flying Trapeze

16. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

17. Black Bottom

18. Chinese Mule Train

19. Dance Of The Hours

20. Ghost Riders In The Sky

21. Knock, Knock, Who's There?

22. McNamara's Band

23. William Tell Overture

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pegasi77
This freaked me out. Copy and paste this on ten comments and you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or get asked out. If you thus break this chain you will see a dead girl In you room tonight. In the next 53 someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
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Sunday afternoons were spent with grandpa and his record collection. Spike was always the first to be pulled out, and the last to be put away. Chloe, where are ya, ya old bat? would send us both into rolling fits of laughter.
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Oh my goshski! I have been trying to get Cocktails for two for the last six months.....a n d shazzam!!! There it is!!! This is Spikes signature song and the tied to my soul favorite.
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almend
My mother, wife of a Quaker preacher, gave me Spike Jones and His Wacky Wacky Tears for a Christmas present in the early 50's. I played it over and over again, laughing and sing along with great delight. That was around 1951. Thanks for taking me back to those great days of innocent childhood!
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michaeljsaul 4 0 0
My Father loved the spike and he would have the tears of enjoyment rolling down his cheeks. I was still in my pee-teens so I thought it a bunch of nonsense.
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Oh my goshsky!!! Pandora your sooooooo great!!! Spike Jones and his
City Slickers!! And now it's Tom Lehrer!! This is very rare vintage blast from the past stuff. Wow!!! DMB
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Spike! Spike! Spike! Love him!
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bontruk
This guy was the Frank Zappa of his time.

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