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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 76-86 of 86 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-86 of 86 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cooley, Spade," accessed December 9, 2022,

Cooley, Spade. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from

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

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