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Spike Jones and the City Slickers

23 Oct
Spike Jones and the City Slickers made their living making fun of serious music in the big band era.

Spike Jones and the City Slickers made their living making fun of serious music in the big band era.

While most of the bands in the big band era took their music seriously Spike Jones and the City Slickers went the comedic route with their music.

Jones would fire gunshots in the middle of a song sometimes along with other antics such as famous little person  Billy Barty running around in a pair of pants with no head showing and Barty singing vocals with the band.

With the advent of rock and roll Jones had problems mocking the music since he said it was already messed up to start off with.

Jones had a short life dying of emphysema in 1965 at the age of 53 after many years of smoking.

This female vocalist is trying to sing a song with complete chaos going on around her with Spike Jones and his City Slickers ruining what would have been a great song.

Spike Jones and the City Slickers and their comedic performance of Sheik of Araby.

Allmusic.com has more details of  Spike Jones in this biography:

http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:2tkvu3i5an2k~T1

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1 Comment

Posted by on October 23, 2009 in Music

 

One response to “Spike Jones and the City Slickers

  1. Frances Faulk

    October 23, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    I saw Spike’s show only once and laughed myself crazy. He had a funny show, and every one in it was very funny. They were a sight to watch.

     

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