February 16th | Posted by: NMJ
Spike Jones was an American drummer who played in various big bands and orchestras in the 1930s, often supporting famous household-name singers like Al Jolson and Bing Crosby. He played drums, for example, in the orchestra that backed Bing on his recording of ‘White Christmas’.
Spike must have realised that he was never going to become a star sitting at the back of the stage, behind his drum kit, backing the latest crooner sensation. So, just as the USA entered WWII, he gave up his drummer’s stool and became the very up-front leader of his own mini-orchestra.