Spade Cooley, (Donnell Clyde Cooley, December 17, 1910 – November 23, 1969) was an American Western swing musician, big band leader, actor, and television personality.
His career ended in 1961 when he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his second wife, Ella Mae Evans. One of the groups which played at the Venice Pier Ballroom in Venice, California, was led by Jimmy Wakely with Spade Cooley on fiddle. Several thousand dancers would turn out on Saturday night to swing… read more
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