Jones, (Lindley Armstrong) “Spike”(1911–65) bandleader; born in Long Beach, Calif. His zany band, the City Slickers (1942–61), committed musical mayhem with popular tunes, augmenting normal instruments with assorted noisemakers, including washboards and cowbells. The band toured regularly and appeared in movies and on television, where he often had his own show (1951–61). A serious musician, in his last years he took up Dixieland jazz.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.