Spike Jones started playing drums as a young age. He was the drummer on Bing Crosby’s first recording of “White Christmas”. Popular in the 40s and 50s, The Spike Jones Orchestra was a very novel comedy group who first rose to fame after releasing a song making fun of Adolph Hitler called “Der Fueher’s Face”. Many non-traditional items would be used as musical instruments like gun shots, animal noises, and one of a kind creations. Their crazy style influenced many music groups that I love, including Weird Al Yankovic, The Goons, Mr. Bungle, and Oingo Boingo.
This is the last song on their horror themed album In Hi Fi, so seemed like a great track to wrap up this year’s mix. It features the vocal talents of Paul Frees, known as the man of a thousand voices and was the voice of Boris Badenov on The Rock and Bullwinkle Show; Loulie Jean Norman, who during her career, sang with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, Bing Crosby, Mel Torme, and Sam Cooke; Thurl Ravenscroft was Tony the Tiger, sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and is familiar to anyone who is a fan of The Haunted Mansion Ride from Disney World.