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Spike Jones Presents For The Kiddies The Nutcracker Suite, The Wacky And Hilarious 3 Record Set By The Masters Of The Musically Absurd! All Six Record Sides Of This Hilarious Parody Of Tchaikovsky's Beloved Christmas Season Fantasy As Performed By Spike Jones And His City Slickers, Presented As An Archival Quality MP3 CD, MP3 Audio Download Or USB Flash Drive! (1944, 21 Minutes Total) #SpikeJones #SpikeJonesAndHisCitySlickers #NoveltyRecords #NoveltySongs #NoveltySongPerformers #AmericanNoveltySongPerformers #ParodyMusicians #AmericanParodyMusicians #ComedyMusicians #AmericanComedyMusicians #ComedyMusicalGroups #AmericanComedyMusicalGroups #Comedy #AmericanComedy #Musicians #Music #MP3 #CD #AudioDownload #USBFlashDrive
In 1944, RCA Victor released "Spike Jones presents for the Kiddies" version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, in three 10 inch 78 rpm records, P-143, arrangement credited to Joe "Country" Washburne with lyrics by Foster Carling. The set was also issued by RCA Victor on three 7 inch vinyl 45 rpm records in 1949 as WP-143 and on one 45 rpm "extended play" record, EPA-143 in 1952. An abridged and re-sequenced version of the recording is also included in the aforementioned RCA Red Seal 'classics' album, with the complete original version available on the CD collection Spiked: The Music of Spike Jones.
Spike Jones, American musician, singer, actor and bandleader (December 14, 1911 - May 1, 1965) was born Lindley Armstrong Jones in Long Beach, California. Spike Jones specialized in satirical arrangements of popular songs and classical music. Ballads receiving the Jones treatment were punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and outlandish and comedic vocals. From the early 1940s to the mid-1950s, Jones and his band recorded under the title Spike Jones And His City Slickers and toured the United States and Canada as The Musical Depreciation Revue. On May 1, 1965, Spike Jones died at the age of 53 in Beverly Hills, California because he was a heavy smoker until the day he died despite having terminal emphysema. Jones was a lifelong smoker, reportedly 4-5 packs a day, and he eventually developed breathing problems. Never the picture of health, his emphysema advanced to the point where he used an oxygen tank both on and offstage and he was confined to a seat behind his drum set while performing. He is interred in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.
The Nutcracker (Russian: Shchelkunchik) is an 1892 two-act ballet ("fairy ballet"; Russian: balet-feyeriya), originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. The complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Major American ballet companies generate around 40% of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker. The ballet's score has been used in several film adaptations of Hoffmann's story. Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.