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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 August 21, 1954 reads "The Acorns, sponsored by the Encino Rotary Club, proudly display Alice Rath Memorial Trophy for winning the Encino-West Valley Little League baseball championship. Front row, left, Edward Wehan, Burton Kafader, Tom Barron, Bob Emslie, Ronald Ellis and Gary Scollon. Second row, left, Dick Stillson, Jim Bilsborrow, Mike Mills, John Heyl, Jeff Scott, Pete Cain and Pat Courtney. Back row, left, Coach Ted Heyl, Chet Rice, Spade Cooley, Bill Taylor and Manager Howie Cullen."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
Cooley, Spade,--1910-1969 Men--California--Los Angeles Boys--California--Los Angeles Coaches (Athletics)--California--Los Angeles Baseball players--California--Los Angeles Musicians--United States Band directors--United States Baseball teams--California--Los Angeles Award winners--California--Los Angeles Little League baseball--California--Los Angeles Baseball uniforms--California--Los Angeles Awards--California--Los Angeles North Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Portrait photographs Group portraits Valley Times Collection photographs