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Spadella: The Essential Spade Cooley
     

Spadella: The Essential Spade Cooley

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by Spade Cooley
 
A star -- albeit a minor-league one -- of radio, television, and singing cowboy movies, Spade Cooley was the self-proclaimed King of Western Swing, thanks to a battle of the bands his orchestra once won against the generally accepted holder of that title, Bob Wills. Cooley's bands were big -- some of them enormous -- and featured several

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A star -- albeit a minor-league one -- of radio, television, and singing cowboy movies, Spade Cooley was the self-proclaimed King of Western Swing, thanks to a battle of the bands his orchestra once won against the generally accepted holder of that title, Bob Wills. Cooley's bands were big -- some of them enormous -- and featured several fiddle players, accordionists, and even a harpist. The recordings on SPADELLA! were made between 1944 and 1946, when Cooley was at the top of his game as a recording artist, actor, and significant draw in the Los Angeles ballroom-dance scene. His biggest hits -- "Shame on You," "Detour," and "A Pair of Broken Hearts" -- are included here, as are a number of lively instrumentals. Although Cooley definitely ranks as one of the leading lights of western swing, his reputation has been dimmed by an awful personal life that reads like a country horror story: A notorious drunk, he beat his wife to death in 1961, served out his prison sentence, and then died of a heart attack after his first concert as a free man. SPADELLA! recalls a time when things were simpler for America -- and certainly for Spade Cooley. Such fascinating music; such a sad story behind it.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Spadella: The Essential Spade Cooley collects 20 highlights from Cooley's stint as one of the most popular Western swing bandleaders in America. All of the selections on the album were recorded between 1945 and 1946, when Cooley and his group scored six straight Top Ten singles, all of which are included here ("You Can't Break My Heart" is in an alternate version). This is when the group was at its peak, and vocalist Tex Williams was always in stellar form. Although it doesn't cover his entire career, Spadella remains the one essential Cooley compilation.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645739229
catalogNumber:
57392

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Performance Credits

Spade Cooley   Primary Artist,Fiddle
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Tex Williams   Vocals
George Babmy   Accordion
Muddy Berry   Drums
Rex Call   Fiddle
Pedro DePaul   Accordion
Paul Featherstone   Harp
Earl Joaquin Murphey   Steel Guitar
Eugine Rogers   Guitar
Andrew Soldi   Fiddle
John Weis   Guitar
Deuce Spriggins   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Rogers   Composer
Henson Cargill   Composer
Spade Cooley   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Smokey Rogers   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Jim Soldi   Composer
Pedro DePaul   Composer
John Weis   Composer
Joaquin Murphy   Composer
Floyd Jenkins   Composer
George Bamby   Composer
Red Fox   Composer

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Spadella: The Essential Spade Cooley 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a relative of Spade Cooley, I still maintain he's the Greatest of the western swing artists. I'm not putting Bob Wills down, I personally just think Cooley had more class & style in his playing.