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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 17, 1910 (Oklahoma), Died November 23, 1969 (Vacaville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1950

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

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-3605 10-in. 4/11/1950 Hillbilly fever Les Anderson ; Spade Cooley ; Ginny Jackson ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor E0VB-3606 10-in. 4/11/1950 Honky-tonkin' Spade Cooley ; Ginny Jackson ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor E0VB-3648 10-in. 5/19/1950 Longing Spade Cooley ; Ginny Jackson ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Female vocal solo, with vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor E0VB-3649 10-in. 5/19/1950 Little Liza Lou Spade Cooley ; Hal Derwin ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Male vocal solo, with vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D5AB-0424 10-in. 6/19/1945 Shame on you Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D5AB-1115 10-in. 8/10/1945 You can't break my heart (it's been broken before) Roy Rogers Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
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-0451 10-in. 1/31/1947 It's dark outside Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, violin, leader  
Victor D7VB-0452 10-in. 1/31/1947 Who dug this hole I'm in Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, violin, songwriter, leader  
Victor D7VB-0453 10-in. 1/31/1947 Minuet in swing Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Instrumental ensemble, with soloists instrumentalist, violin, composer, leader  
Victor D7VB-0454 10-in. 1/31/1947 Texas playboy rag Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Instrumental ensemble, with soloists instrumentalist, violin, leader  
Victor D7VB-0475 10-in. 2/24/1947 Do ya or don'tcha Country Washburne Orchestra ; Roy Rogers ; Country Washburne Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-0524 10-in. 4/25/1947 Boggs boogie Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, violin, leader  
Victor D7VB-0525 10-in. 4/25/1947 Red hair and green eyes Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, violin, songwriter, leader  
Victor D7VB-0526 10-in. 4/25/1947 All aboard for Oklahoma Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader, songwriter, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D7VB-0540 10-in. 5/9/1947 Tailor made baby Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor D7VB-0541 10-in. 5/9/1947 Red hot polka Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with vocal group and instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D7VB-0547 10-in. 5/18/1947 On the old Spanish trail Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Western Swing Band Male vocal solo, with string band leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D7VB-0548 10-in. 5/18/1947 Three fiddle rag Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Western Swing Band String band instrumentalist, violin, leader  
Victor D7VB-1398 10-in. 10/20/1947 Call me darlin', do Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, violin, leader, songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1800 10-in. 10/20/1947 Tuesday two-step Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band instrumentalist, violin, leader, songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1824 10-in. 10/27/1947 Lord Nottingham's war dance Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band, with male vocal solo, accordion and drums songwriter, instrumentalist, violin, leader  
Victor D7VB-1871 10-in. 11/10/1947 The best deal in town Spade Cooley Male vocal solo, with string band leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D7VB-2102 10-in. 11/17/1947 Spanish fandango Spade Cooley Male vocal solo, with string band leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D9VB-0572 10-in. 4/5/1949 Wagonner Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, arranger, instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 1-25 of 84 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cooley, Spade," accessed October 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202076.

Cooley, Spade. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202076.

"Cooley, Spade." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 October 2022.

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

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