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December 13, 2002

Spike Jones was born on December, 14, 1911. Since this is also my pre-Christmas show, I decided to focus mostly on Jones' Christmas parodies.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The Sheik of Araby Spike Jones' Greatest Hits Spike Jones and His City Slickers Recorded 7/28/42, with vocals by Del Porter and Carl Grayson, with Willie Spicer on the Bridaphone
Chloe Spike Jones' Greatest Hits Spike Jones and His City Slickers This and the next cut are typical examples of Jones' demolition of then-current "top 40 hits". This one dates from January of 1945 and features vocals by Red "Swamphead" Ingle.
Holiday for Strings Spiked! Spike Jones and His City Slickers Recorded November, 1944. The original was a bit hit for conductor/arranger David Rose, and also served as the theme song for the Gary Moore and Red Skelton TV shows. Other Rose hits included "The Stripper" and the theme for "Bonanza".
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer A Spike Jones Christmas Spike Jones and His City Slickers The actual record credits vocals to "Rudolph and the Reindeers", but Jones fans will also recognize the characteristic "baby voice" of George Rock.
All I Want for Christmas A Spike Jones Christmas Spike Jones and His City Slickers w/George Rock This is probably one of Jones best-known songs and a seasonal favorite on the Dr. Demento radio show.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Spike Jones Greatest Hits Spike Jones and His City Slickers w/George Rock A note or two on George Rock: they man who produce that tiny voice was, in person, quite large, which made for a very funny visual in Jones' stage shows. Rock's daughter, Georgy Rock, lives in St. Louis where she is active as a professional singer.
The Nutcracker Suite Spike Jones is Murdering the Classics Spike Jones and His City Slickers The Jones version of "The Nutcracker Suite" actually runs to 20 minues and includes lots of sappy, saccherine choral interludes about a little girl having a Christmas dream. Fortunately, RCA issued the seven minutes of silly stuff all by itself back in 1971.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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