Spade Cooley


Listening to the Boogie Woogie Blues Spade Cooley and company. Spade was a tragic figure who went to prison for the murder of his wife. Now You Always Hurt the One You Love with Fabulous Mills Brothers, singing in their patented harmony so smooth and easy. What a combination they were together right down to their last chartered hit Cab Driver in the late 60’s. They continued on until the late 80’s with the final brother’s sons.

Now listening to I’ll Fly Away Red Foley who was Pat Boone’s father in-law. Judy Lynn who mostly worked in Vegas in the 50’s and 60’s and did little recording work signing Sweet Violets as a novelty song. Such a great voice that never got a lot of recognition and no relation to Loretta. Now Rex Allen the Arizona Cowboy who was one of the last B-Western stars and who had a big cross over hit in 1959 with Don’t Go Near the Indians and who did Disney Voice Overs for many years and whose son Rex Junior was a country star in his own right with several hits in the 80’s.

Bob Wills the King of Western Swing with one of his patented Aah Ha’s interjecting himself on Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now with Tag Lambert on vocals. He made his final record with several vocals by Merle Haggard in 1974 on the album Bob Wills Together Again For The Last Time. Now a instrumental version by the Golden Leaves a British Session group doing their version of There Goes My Everything.

Here comes Make The World Go Away a number one hit by Eddy Arnold with one of the songs that started the Nashville Sound in country music. One of my all-time favorites. A number one hit for Marty Robbins a couple of years after his huge cross over El Paso, Carmen a sexy love song done with Spanish Guitars in the background giving the song its definitely intended Mexican Mariachi flavor that would take it all the way to number one. Marty had a lot of Spanish flavored hits from El Paso to Carmen to Devil Woman which Sunny and the Sunliners had a all Spanish version of.

A soft lover’s ballad from Ronnie Milsap and a number one hit for him, It Was Almost Like a Song one of my wife’s favorites always brings back some great memories for me of special nights at the Westerner in Midwest City dancing to that and other love ballads. Slippin’ Around a grand oldie with Margaret Whiting and Cowden Oklahoma’s own Jimmie Wakely also a B-Western Star in the 40’s and whose last charted song was released in 1967. Jimmie sang for a time with Spade Cooley’s Westerners.

Now the great Linda Ronstadt doing a great country oldie Silver Threads and Golden Needles written by the great Hawkshaw Hawkins killed in the plane crash that took the life of the great Patsy Cline along with country legend a real Okie from Muskogee Cowboy Copas. The Tennessee Flat Top Box by Roseann Cash who when she recorded didn’t know her father had written it.

Some great music that will carry me into the night as I drift off into dreamland with happy pleasant thoughts of love and sweet things on my mind. Nice was to get ready for bed. To finish off the evening the late great Ray Price who gave Roger Miller and Willie Nelson their starts in country music and who actually started out a stand in for Hank Williams Senior. Ray’s job with Hank consisted of making sure he was sober enough to go on and if he wasn’t go on in his place. Ray went on to make a bunch hits of his own including one of the best renditions of Danny Boy ever second only to Patti La Belle’s version.

Last one Glen Campbell and Gentle On Mind.

Have a sweet dreamy night!

Bob Bearden

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