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Spade Cooley, born Donnel Clyde Cooley, was a Western Swing musician and band leader best known for his hit, 'Shame on You.' In addition to his music career, Cooley appeared in several Western films and hosted a television variety show, 'The Hoffman Hayride' also known as 'The Spade Cooley Show' which was broadcast on KTLA from the Santa Monica Pier Ballroom. In 1961, Cooley was convicted for the murder of his second wife, Ella Mae, and sentenced to life in prison. He died in 1969. Photograph caption dated March 26, 1954 reads "M. W. 'Jack' Truss, Encino Chamber of Commerce president, and Spade Cooley, honorary mayor, turn first shovel of dirt where Encino Community Center will be built. Watching, from, left, Councilmen Robert Wilkinson and Earle D. Baker, William McCann, Board of Public Works, and Howard Simon, West Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce President."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00138395 Valley Times Collection HCNVT_d046_f25_i20 CARL0005683886 http://220.127.116.11/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/67917
Cooley, Spade,--1910-1969 Wilkinson, Robert Baker, Earle D Encino Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Presidents West Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Presidents Men--California--Los Angeles Musicians--United States Band directors--United States City council members--California--Los Angeles Municipal officials and employees--California--Los Angeles Municipal officials and employees, Honorary--California--Encino (Los Angeles) Ground breaking ceremonies--California--Encino (Los Angeles) Shovels--California--Los Angeles Encino (Los Angeles, Calif.) Valley Times Collection photographs Portrait photographs Group portraits