Spike Jones Project

A percussionist in the early 20th century, Lindley Armstrong aka Spike Jones worked his way into the music business with precision studio work backing luminaries such as Judy Garland and Bing Crosby (“White Christmas”), as well as in orchestras backing radio personalities including George Burns and Gracie Allen through the 1930s. From the 1940s onward, Spike moved out on his own establishing his own band, The City Slickers, and becoming renowned for his comical twists on contemporary hits like “You Always Hurt the One You Love” and creating new hits such as “My Two Front Teeth.”

Screenshot of the old Spike Jones Archive site

The old Spike Jones Archive

Spike Jones with son Spike Jr., daughter Leslie Ann Jones, and wife Helen Grayco

Spike with his family

Screenshot of the new Spike Jones Project site

The Spike Jones Project website

The Spike Jones Project website is dedicated to Jones’ work and will be a database of vintage albums from the extensive private collection of UVU Associate Professor Mike Wisland, and transcribed and restored by UVU Digital Audio students. Students also learn to work with the family as clients of the project and use their legal skills to navigate the intricacies of copyright law regarding the university hosting such a streaming service. Other students on the ongoing senior capstone project develop the website and database.