Spike Jones
Date of Birth
Dec 14, 1911
Birth Place:
Long Beach, CA


Diminutive, silver-haired bandleader Spike Jones didn't intend to gain fame as "the man who murdered music" (as he was described by one biographer); it just turned out that way. During the first 12 years or so of his professional career, Jones, the son of a Long Beach railway station agent, worked as a drummer for radio orchestra leaders Victor Young, Henry King, Cookie Fairchild, John Scott...