Shame on You – Spade Cooley. Review By Oj Sikes

Shame on You: Singles Collection 1945-1952 ( Cover CD )
Shame on You: Singles Collection 1945-1952 ( Cover CD )

Shame on You – Spade Cooley. Review By Oj Sikes

Singles Collection 1945-1952
Jasmine JASMCD 3704

If you are familiar with Western Swing on the West coast, you know the name Spade Cooley well. He called himself the “King of Western Swing.” Not everyone agreed with his assessment, especially as the music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys spread across the West. But Cooley did have a large, loyal following, and all of his single records for Okeh, Columbia, RCA Victor and Decca, including all of his hits, are represented on this CD of 28 tracks recorded between 1945 and ’52.

Many different versions of Spade’s story have been told. I’m not sufficiently knowledgeable about his history to say what’s accurate in every instance, but you may find some discrepancies in the liner notes that accompany this CD. Still, the music is solid and some tracks are rare. For example, the two sides the Sons of the Pioneers recorded with Cooley in 1950, “Wagon Wheels” and “The Last Roundup,” are superbly done. The title track features vocalist Tex Williams and a number of outstanding musicians like legendary steel guitarist Joaquin Murphey, who would leave Spade in 1946 and follow Tex when he formed his own successful band.

Cooley’s hits fizzled out after the last of the recordings on this disc were made, but in this collection, you’ll be hearing his most popular work. Widely available.

Jasmine Records

O.J Sikes
osikes@nj.rr.com


1945
1. SHAME ON YOU
2. A PAIR OF BROKEN HEARTS
3. I’VE TAKEN ALL I’M GONNA TAKE FROM YOU
4. FORGIVE ME ONE MORE TIME
1946
5. DETOUR
6. YOU CAN’T BREAK MY HEART
7. CRAZY ‘CAUSE I LOVE YOU
8. THREE WAY BOOGIE
1947
9. OKLAHOMA STOMP
10. YOU BETTER DO IT NOW
11. IT’S DARK OUTSIDE
12. MINUET IN SWING
13. YOU NEVER MISS THE WATER (Till The Well Runs Dry)
14. SPADELLA
15. COW BELL POLKA
16. TROUBLED OVER YOU
1948
17. STEEL GUITAR RAG
18. I GUESS I’VE BEEN DREAMING AGAIN
19. BIG CHIEF BOOGIE
20. TOPEKA POLKA
21. SWINGING THE DEVIL’S DREAM
22. YOU’LL RUE THE DAY
1950
23. WAGON WHEELS
24. THE LAST ROUND UP
1951
25. DOWN YONDER
26. HORSE HAIR BOOGIE
27. CARMEN’S BOOGIE
28. ONE SWEET LETTER FROM YOU