Happy Birthday to Spike Jones!

Today would have been the 99th birthday for Lindley Jones, although most folks know him as Spike Jones.

Sometime while I was in middle school, I first heard the song Cocktails for Two by Spike and his City Slickers Band. I was hooked! Over the course of time, I became introduced to many other of his classics: Yes, We Have No Bananas, William Tell Overture, Hawaiian War Chant, Flight of the Bumblebee, and You Always Hurt the One You Love.

Later on, I was able to find the pictured record album and two VCR tapes that have been viewed too many times over the years. Spike passed away in 1965, but left a huge musical “legacy.”

Let’s take a look at one of his performances, shall we?

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