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Spade Cooley

Donnell Clyde Cooley (December 17, 1910 – November 23, 1969), better known as Spade Cooley, was an American Western swing musician, big band leader, actor, television personality, and convicted murderer. Cooley's career ended in 1961 when he was arrested and convicted for the brutal murder of his second wife, Ella Mae Evans.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 17th, 1910 (Oklahoma), Died November 23rd, 1969 (Vacaville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, violin, vocalist, arranger, songwriter, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 61 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D6VB-2138 10-in. 9/4/1946 My Chickashay gal Country Washburne Orchestra ; Roy Rogers ; Country Washburne Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-0454 10-in. 1/31/1947 Texas playboy rag Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band, with soloists leader  
Victor D7VB-1824 10" 10/27/1947 Lord Nottingham's war dance Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band, with male vocal solo, accordion and drums leader, instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor D9VB-0572 10-in. 4/5/1949 Wagonner Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0573 10-in. 4/5/1949 Flop-eared mule Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0574 10-in. 4/5/1949 The eighth of January Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0575 10-in. 4/5/1949 Ida Red Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0576 10-in. 4/5/1949 Wake up, Susan! Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0577 10-in. 4/5/1949 6/8 to the barn Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0578 10-in. 4/5/1949 Arkansas traveler Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0579 10-in. 4/5/1949 The gal I left behind me Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor D9VB-0699 10-in. 8/9/1949 Skip to my Lou Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Orchestra String band, with dance calls leader  
Victor D9VB-0700 10-in. 8/9/1949 Old Joe Clark Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Orchestra String band, with dance calls leader  
Victor D9VB-0701 10-in. 8/9/1949 Rickett's reel Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Orchestra String band, with dance calls leader  
Victor D9VB-0702 10-in. 8/9/1949 Sycamore reel Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Orchestra String band, with dance calls leader  
Victor D9VB-0703 10-in. 8/9/1949 Oh dem golden slippers Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Orchestra String band, with dance calls leader  
Victor D9VB-0704 10-in. 8/9/1949 Lucky leather breeches Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Orchestra String band, with dance calls leader  
Victor D9VB-0782 10-in. 11/17/1949 Foolish tears Spade Cooley ; Ginny Jackson ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin, leader  
Victor D9VB-0783 10-in. 11/17/1949 Send ten pretty flowers to my girl in Tennessee Spade Cooley ; Bob "Tex" Cromer ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D9VB-2241 10-in. 9/14/1949 Mama and daddy broke my heart Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band composer  
Decca DLA 2114 10-in. 9/4/1940 No.1: Round the couple and swing when you meet Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2115 10-in. 9/4/1940 No. 2: Round that couple—Go through and swing Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2116 10-in. 9/4/1940 No. 3: Bird in a cage and three rail pen Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2117 10-in. 9/4/1940 No. 4: Chase that rabbit, chase that squirrel Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2118 10-in. 9/4/1940 No. 5: Boy around a boy - Girl around a girl Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 1-25 of 61 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cooley, Spade," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202076.

Cooley, Spade. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202076.

"Cooley, Spade." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202076

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