Spike Jones Signed Vintage Photo

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 25, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

This 8x10 photo is an original Bluebird Recording Artist Photo is hand signed in dark blue fountain pen. Signed To Sally Sincerely Spike Jones. A real nice beautiful signature.

This photo has minor soiling around the 4 sides. Trimming about 1/4 of an inch all around would real help this photo.

Photo has corner wear . Vinatge photos such as the ones I have put on from this collection are tough to grade. I try to give an honest description at the same time what is really seen versus what is really there. This photo is one of the better photos from this collection. Just to the right of his shadow is a small c shaped hairline crease which is not noticable since the image and the autograph draws you to the center and left part of the photo. Look about a foot away and you have a beautiful photo. Look close and tilt the photo into the light and you see faint creases which has come over time probably from handeling the photos as a collection which was not properly stored away . Despite this you you a photo which would enhance any collection. Please check my scan to see the true appearance for yourself.

This is part of a large collection of about 100 plus photos which came from a secretary (Sally),who worked for a promoter/agent in Hartford for many years. Some made out to both Bill(the promoter) + Sally Various condition, many of which hung in the office. Nice collection of Photos etc. so please check our other auctions.

Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 – May 1, 1965) was a popular 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 ridiculous vocals. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the United States and Canada under the title The Musical Depreciation Revue.

Jones's father was a Southern Pacific railroad agent. Young Lindley got his nickname by being so thin that he was compared to a railroad spike . At the age of 11 he got his first set of drums . As a teenager he played in bands that he formed himself. A railroad restaurant chef taught him how to use pots and pans, forks, knives and spoons as musical instruments. He frequently played in theater pit orchestras . In the 1930s he joined the Victor Young orchestra and thereby got many offers to appear on radio shows, including Al Jolson 's Lifebuoy Program , Burns and Allen , and Bing Crosby 's Kraft Music Hall .

From 1937 to 1942, he was the percussionist for the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, which played on Bing Crosby 's first recording of White Christmas . Spike Jones was part of a backing band for songwriter Cindy Walker during her early recording career with Decca and Standard Transcriptions. Her song "We're Gonna Stomp Them City Slickers Down" provided the inspiration for the name of Jones’ future band, the City Slickers.

The City Slickers evolved out of the Feather Merchants, a band led by vocalist-clarinetist Del Porter, who took a back seat to Jones during the embryonic years of the group. They made experimental records for the Cinematone Corporation and performed publicly in Los Angeles , gaining a small following. The original members included vocalist-violinist Carl Grayson, banjoist Perry Botkin, trombonist King Jackson and pianist Stan Wrightsman.

The band signed a recording contract with RCA Victor in 1941 and recorded extensively for the company until 1955. They also starred in various radio programs (1945–1949) and television shows (1954–61) on both NBC and CBS .

In 1942, a strike by the American Federation of Musicians prevented Jones from making commercial recordings for over two years. He could, however, make records for radio broadcasts. These were released on the Standard Transcriptions label (1941–46) and have been reissued on a CD compilation called (Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection .

Recorded days before the re...