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Spot Light Revue

Spikes Jones and his boys crank out satirical tunes sure to get your toes tapping and your belly laughing.

14 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 6 hours, 35 min)
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"Ten Harmonaires"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Spike Jones and Dorothy Shay

Spike Jones 1948Serious Critics have praised Spike Jones' art as pioneering satirical music. Mr. Jones was an admirer of beautiful music and appreciated the social value of satirical comment. He would have been the first to point out that the music of Spike Jones and his City Slickers was far from beautiful, and utterly lacked any redeeming social value. What a Spike Jones song did was get laughs out of everyone, from the highest of the high-brow to the kid buying a stick of gum and a coke at the corner store.

Lindley Armstrong Jones was the son of a Southern Pacific Railroad agent. Young Lindley got his nickname when it was observed that he was skinny enough to use for a railroad spike. Spike was a talented and enthusiastic musician who got his first set of drums at the age of 11, but he found his calling when a restaurant chef showed him the fun of beating out tunes using the pots and pans hanging in the railway station kitchen.

Spike had an apprenticeship with serious bands (including the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, with whom Spike played percussion on Bing Crosby's first recording of "White Christmas"). When Spike and some friends began making their "experimental" music they quickly developed a small following around Los Angeles. (One story tells how the band played for a group of Decca Records execs who said "This is great! We think RCA should have it!")

Spike Jones playing a multitude of instrumentsDuring the Musician's Strike of 1942, Spike was able to produce a record of "Der Fuehrer's Face" that cemented his popularity with the Wartime listening public. Other hits followed, including Spike's wacky version of "Cocktails For Two" and the "William Tell Overture" featuring Beetlebomb.

On the radio, Spike and the boys were the house band for the Bob Burns Show. They went on to headline as the summer replacement for Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in 1945.

From 1945 to 1949, Coca Cola sponsored Spike and his City Slickers on their Spot Light Revue on Friday nights. Along with the rapid fire and hilarious music, the program featured girl singer Dorothy Shay, "the Park Avenue Hillbilly". The show featured Spike and the boys in a musically rendered comic sketch, and in its final year the program was retitled the Spike Jones Show.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    14 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 35 min
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      14 shows - total playtime 6 hours 35 minutes
      1. Spotlight Revue 480326 26 Jan August.mp3
      2. Spotlight Revue 480402 27 Ten Harmonaires.mp3
      3. Spotlight Revue 480409 28 Mel Torme.mp3
      4. Spotlight Revue 480430 31 Page Cavanaugh Trio.mp3
      5. Spotlight Revue 480507 32 Burl Ives.mp3
      6. Spotlight Revue 480514 33 Eddie Hayward.mp3
      7. Spotlight Revue 480521 34 Ken Griffin.mp3
      8. Spotlight Revue 480528 35 Frankie Laine.mp3
      9. Spotlight Revue 480604 36 Buddy Clark.mp3
      10. Spotlight Revue 480611 37 Delta Rythm Boys.mp3
      11. Spotlight Revue 480625 39 Don Ameche.mp3
      12. Spotlight Revue 481001 40 Frank Sinatra.mp3
      13. Spotlight Revue 481203 49 Frank Sinatra.mp3
      14. Spotlight Revue 481210 50 Peter Lorre.mp3
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    14 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 35 min
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      14 shows - total playtime 6 hours 35 minutes
      1. Spotlight Revue 480326 26 Jan August.mp3
      2. Spotlight Revue 480402 27 Ten Harmonaires.mp3
      3. Spotlight Revue 480409 28 Mel Torme.mp3
      4. Spotlight Revue 480430 31 Page Cavanaugh Trio.mp3
      5. Spotlight Revue 480507 32 Burl Ives.mp3
      6. Spotlight Revue 480514 33 Eddie Hayward.mp3
      7. Spotlight Revue 480521 34 Ken Griffin.mp3
      8. Spotlight Revue 480528 35 Frankie Laine.mp3
      9. Spotlight Revue 480604 36 Buddy Clark.mp3
      10. Spotlight Revue 480611 37 Delta Rythm Boys.mp3
      11. Spotlight Revue 480625 39 Don Ameche.mp3
      12. Spotlight Revue 481001 40 Frank Sinatra.mp3
      13. Spotlight Revue 481203 49 Frank Sinatra.mp3
      14. Spotlight Revue 481210 50 Peter Lorre.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    14 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 35 min

    Spot Light Revue Disc A001

    1. Spotlight Revue 480326 26 Jan August
    2. Spotlight Revue 480402 27 Ten Harmonaires

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    Spot Light Revue Disc A002

    1. Spotlight Revue 480409 28 Mel Torme
    2. Spotlight Revue 480430 31 Page Cavanaugh Trio

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    Spot Light Revue Disc A003

    1. Spotlight Revue 480507 32 Burl Ives
    2. Spotlight Revue 480514 33 Eddie Hayward

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    Spot Light Revue Disc A004

    1. Spotlight Revue 480521 34 Ken Griffin
    2. Spotlight Revue 480528 35 Frankie Laine

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    Spot Light Revue Disc A005

    1. Spotlight Revue 480604 36 Buddy Clark
    2. Spotlight Revue 480611 37 Delta Rythm Boys

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    Spot Light Revue Disc A006

    1. Spotlight Revue 480625 39 Don Ameche
    2. Spotlight Revue 481001 40 Frank Sinatra

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    Spot Light Revue Disc A007

    1. Spotlight Revue 481203 49 Frank Sinatra
    2. Spotlight Revue 481210 50 Peter Lorre

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