"Reb" Benjamin Spikes and his brother John led bands in California area for the first thirty years of the 20th century. The Spike brothers are also listed as co-writers of Someday Sweetheart with Jelly Roll Morton, and Reb wrote lyrics to Wolverine Blues. Some Jazz historians have suggested that his involvement in the authorship of these songs may have been only as the publisher, but we will probably never know for sure. The Spike brothers owned the Sunshine record label which released only three records, but one of them was the first African-American Jazz record by a group from New Orleans. It was released under the name of Spikes Seven Pods of Pepper Orchestra which was Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Fight That Thing
(Spikes Brothers)
10-15-1927 Los Angles, California Columbia 1193-D
My Mammy's Blues
(Spikes Brothers)
10-15-1927 Los Angles, California Columbia 1193-D
Artist Instrument
Roland Bruce Violin
George Craig Drums
Gene Morgan Trumpet
? Trumpet
? Bass
Reb Spikes Leader
Slocum Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
? Tenor Saxophone
William B. Woodman Sr. Trombone
Fritz Weston? Piano
Gordan? Piano