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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TUNESMITH TUESDAY - "You Always Hurt The One You Love" by Spike Jones

A little background here.

The original recording of "You Always Hurt The One You Love" was released in 1945 by The Mills Brothers, and it made it to #1.

The following year, Spike Jones, an American musician and bandleader specializing in satirical arrangements of popular songs, did his own version.

It’s essentially the straight song with most of the parody being in the way the song is presented, in three parts:
      •   A slow, deliberate rendering of the first half of the song, with vocal by Carl Grayson, in a style imitating The Ink Spots. 

   A spoken rendering of the second half of the song by Red Ingle, with elaborations ("honey child, honey lamb, honey baby, honey doll, honey pie
") in a style reminiscent of The Ink Spots's bass singer, Orville "Hoppy" Jones.

   A frantically-paced reiteration of the full song, in "Dixieland" style, with vocal again by Carl Grayson, accompanied by shotguns and other typical Jonesian sound effects.

Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers reported not being bothered by the parody, since they were under the same management as Jones and were good friends

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