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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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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 leader, instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
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 leader, instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor D7VB-0453 10-in. 1/31/1947 Minuet in swing Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Instrumental ensemble, with soloists leader, composer, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D7VB-0454 10-in. 1/31/1947 Texas playboy rag Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Instrumental ensemble, with soloists leader, instrumentalist, violin  
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 leader, instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor D7VB-0525 10-in. 4/25/1947 Red hair and green eyes Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader, songwriter, instrumentalist, violin  
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 instrumentalist, violin, leader  
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 leader, instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1870 10-in. 11/10/1947 Whistle bait Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band Male vocal solo, with string band leader, instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
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 D7VB-2103 10-in. 11/17/1947 Blonde fiddle blues Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor D9VB-0572 10-in. 4/5/1949 Wagonner Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, arranger, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D9VB-0573 10-in. 4/5/1949 Flop-eared mule Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, arranger, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D9VB-0574 10-in. 4/5/1949 The eighth of January Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, arranger, instrumentalist, violin  
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, arranger, instrumentalist, violin  
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, arranger, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D9VB-0579 10-in. 4/5/1949 The gal I left behind me Spade Cooley ; Spade Cooley Band String band leader, arranger, instrumentalist, violin  
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 leader, instrumentalist, violin  
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-0784 10-in. 11/17/1949 Texas star Les Anderson ; Spade Cooley ; Bob "Tex" Cromer Male vocal solo, with dance calls and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor D9VB-0785 10-in. 11/17/1949 Pretty please love me Spade Cooley ; Ginny Jackson Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
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  
Decca DLA 2119 10-in. 9/4/1940 No. 6 : Lady 'round the lady and the gent solo Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2247 10-in. 11/29/1940 New worried mind Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2248 10-in. 11/29/1940 Time changes everything Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2249 10-in. 11/29/1940 Yesterday Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2250 10-in. 11/29/1940 Melody of the plains Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2685 10-in. 8/25/1941 Don't be blue, little pal, don't be blue Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2686 10-in. 8/25/1941 You were right and I was wrong Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2687 10-in. 8/25/1941 I'm trusting in you Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2688 10-in. 8/25/1941 I'll be honest with you Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2726 10-in. 9/4/1941 Down by the old Alamo Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2727 10-in. 9/4/1941 I know I shouldn't worry Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2728 10-in. 9/4/1941 A gay ranchero Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2729 10-in. 9/4/1941 Blue bonnet lane Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2755 10-in. 9/12/1941 Don't waste your love on me Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2756 10-in. 9/12/1941 It's just the same Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2757 10-in. 9/12/1941 A man and his song Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2758 10-in. 9/12/1941 I've sold my saddle for an old guitar Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2955 10-in. 3/20/1942 You're the answer to my prayer Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2956 10-in. 3/20/1942 Little old church on the hilltop Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2957 10-in. 3/20/1942 She gave her heart to a soldier boy Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 2958 10-in. 3/20/1942 Think of me Roy Rogers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 3118 10-in. 7/23/1942 You gotta go Texas Jim Lewis and his Lone Star Cowboys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 3119 10-in. 7/23/1942 Tweedle O'Twill Texas Jim Lewis and his Lone Star Cowboys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 3120 10-in. 7/23/1942 Dusty skies Texas Jim Lewis and his Lone Star Cowboys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 3121 10-in. 7/23/1942 Just wait and see Texas Jim Lewis and his Lone Star Cowboys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 3122 10-in. 7/23/1942 My little prairie flower Texas Jim Lewis and his Lone Star Cowboys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 6138 3/19/1951 Chew tobacco rag Spade Cooley and his Fiddlin' Friends instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 6139 3/9/1951 The rhumba boogie Clyde "Spade" Cooley instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 6778 5/21/1952 Crazy 'cause I love you Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  
Decca L 6779 5/21/1952 Swingin' the devil's dream Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  
Decca L 6780 5/21/1952 Carmen's boogie Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  
Decca L 6781 5/21/1952 One sweet letter from you Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  
Decca L 7906 9/20/1954 Charmaine Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  
Decca L 7907 9/20/1954 You clobbered me Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  
Decca L 7908 9/20/1954 Break up down Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  
Decca L 7909 9/20/1954 Sparking silver bells Clyde "Spade" Cooley vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cooley, Spade," accessed December 9, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202076.

Cooley, Spade. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202076.

"Cooley, Spade." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 9 December 2022.

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

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