The comedian Spike Jones died at the age of 53. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Bandleader who added sound effects to popular songs for satirical reimaginings and who led the group Spike Jones and his City Slickers.
He married Patricia Middleton on September 7, 1935 and, after their divorce in 1946, he remarried Helen Grayco on July 18, 1948.
“I find Spike Jones’ movies to be really very inventive and funny, but they’re really sad and touching and really key into the different facets of the human experience.” (Nick Kroll)
“My dad’s sense of humor was direct and sometimes surreal – his quick wit is well known amongst our family and friends. He raised me on Spike Jones records and W.C. Fields movies, and his sense of humor fell somewhere in between.” (Tony Visconti)
“I want to be taken seriously as the type of musician that plays stuff like an electric rake. I mean, how seriously do you take someone like Spike Jones? They take him pretty seriously – a really good musician who made a great contribution in terms of humor, which is part of what I try to do too.” (Eugene Chadbourne)
“My father was Mickey Katz, who worked with Spike Jones and then went on to improvise some successful Yiddish parodies, some of which I perform. My favorite was ‘Geshray of the Vilde Kotchke,’ his version of ‘Cry of the Wild Goose.'” (Joel Grey)