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Spade Cooley: Sagebrush Swing (CD)

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Spade Cooley: Sagebrush Swing
A dominant figure in southern California’s wartime dance halls, fiddler Donnell 'Spade' Cooley (1910-1969) defined West Coast western swing with a slick, uptown sound. An Oklahoma native raised in Oregon, Cooley rose to prominence in 1942 when he became bandleader at the Venice Pier Ballroom in Santa Monica, California. Thousands of patrons danced to Cooley’s three-fiddle front line, augmented with flashy steel and lead guitar leads, a jazzy accordion, a classical harp and Tex Williams’ engaging baritone vocals. In 1944, Cooley scored a major hit with his first record, 'Shame on You.'

In May and June 1946, the band began recording instrumentals for an album project. Shortly after the second session, Cooley learned that Capitol Records offered Williams a contract. Outraged, he immediately fired the singer, leading most of his musicians to walk out in support. Cooley quickly replaced them with a brass section and adopted a more mainstream pop sound.

Released in May 1949, Sagebrush Swing collected all seven of Cooley’s recorded instrumentals along with the juke-box hit 'Shame on You.'

Although he remained a fixture in southern California dance halls and on local television throughout the following decade, Cooley never regained the artistic or commercial success he achieved during his mid-forties peak. His career ended tragically in April 1961 when he brutally killed his wife during an alcohol-fueled rage.

Dave Samuelson
Camden, Indiana
August 2019

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  • Interpret: Spade Cooley

  • Album titlle: Sagebrush Swing (CD)

  • Genre Country

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  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 4251625917860

  • weight in Kg 0.09
Cooley, Spade - Sagebrush Swing (CD) CD 1
01 Devil's Dream Spade Cooley
02 Yodeling Polka Spade Cooley
03 Steel Guitar Rag Spade Cooley
04 Cow Bell Polka Spade Cooley
05 Oklahoma Stomp Spade Cooley
06 Shame On You Spade Cooley
07 Spadella Spade Cooley
08 Three Way Boogie Spade Cooley
geb. 17. 12. 1910 in Grand - Oklahoma gest. 23.11. 1969 Record Labels: Okeh, Columbia, RCA,... more
"Spade Cooley"
geb. 17. 12. 1910 in Grand - Oklahoma gest. 23.11. 1969 Record Labels: Okeh, Columbia, RCA, Decca, MCA Donnell C. Cooley, einst der ,King Of Western Swing genannt, hatte mit oft zwei Dutzend Musikern wahrscheinlich die größte Country Band aller Zeiten unter seiner Leitung. Ende der 30er Jahre spielte er in zahlreichen Filmen mit, hatte in den 40er Jahren seine eigene Big Band, war in Radio- und Fernsehshows der Westküste zu sehen und zu hören und spielte eine Mischung aus Jazz und Country' Dann erschlug er, aus welchen Gründen auch immer, seine Frau, kam in's Gefängnis und starb kurz nach seiner Entlassung während eines Konzerts.
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Tracklist
Cooley, Spade - Sagebrush Swing (CD) CD 1
01 Devil's Dream
02 Yodeling Polka
03 Steel Guitar Rag
04 Cow Bell Polka
05 Oklahoma Stomp
06 Shame On You
07 Spadella
08 Three Way Boogie