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The Best of Spike Jones

CD - 2 discs
Spike Jones was a popular 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.

The Best of Spike Jones

Spike Jones was a popular 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 name "Spike Jones and his City Slickers" and toured the United States and Canada under the title "The Musical Depreciation Revue."

His musical madness is distilled down to an essential 12 tracks...

  1. Cocktails for Two
  2. William Tell Overture
  3. Chloe
  4. My Old Flame
  5. The Glow Worm
  6. None But the Lonely Heart (A Soaperetta)
  7. Laura
  8. The Man on the Flying Trapeze
  9. You Always Hurt the One You Love
  10. Der Fuehrer's Face
    Originally written for Walt Disney's 1943 Oscar-winning propaganda cartoon (first titled "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land"), the success of this Spike Jones recording prompted Disney to re-title the animated cartoon after the song.
  11. Dance of the Hours
  12. Hawaiian War Chant

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  • 28 Jul 42: Spike Jones records iconic slapstick song "Der Fuehrer's Face"
  • 01 Jan 43: Disney releases "Der Fuehrer's Face" Donald Duck cartoon

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  • 12 Oct 35: Nazis ban "degenerate" swing, jazz music from German radio
  • 09 Jan 38: Nazi exhibit denounces "Degenerate Music"
  • 02 Jan 41: Andrews Sisters record "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
  • 28 Jul 42: Spike Jones records iconic song "Der Fuehrer's Face"
  • 01 Aug 42: Musicians Strike begins, leading to V-Disc recordings
  • 27 Oct 43: V-Disc recordings allowed for distribution to armed forces
  • 15 Dec 44: Glenn Miller is reported Missing In Action

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