A Western Swing favourite first recorded by Bob Wills in 1940, this is 1944, with Spade Cooley and his Western Dance Gang.
Worth it for those solos. These guys can really play. Joaquin Murphey on steel guitar, and Johnny Weis with a scorching solo at the two-minute mark - though we're forced to watch a grinning Carolina Cotton, on bass, for most of it.
Cooley's career didn't end well:
On April 26, 1961, Cooley was indicted by a Kern County grand jury for the murder of his wife on April 3 at the couple's Willow Springs ranch home. Cooley's then 14-year-old daughter, Melody, reportedly told the jury she watched in terror as her father beat her mother's head against the floor, stomped on her stomach, then crushed a lit cigarette against her skin to see whether she was dead. Cooley claimed his wife had been injured by falling in the shower.
He was defended by attorney P. Basil Lambros in what was the longest case in county history at the time, and was convicted of first-degree murder by a Kern County jury on August 21, 1961 after unexpectedly withdrawing an insanity plea. He was spared death in the gas chamber and sentenced to life in prison.
Still, he went out in style:
On August 5, 1968, the California State Adult Authority voted unanimously to parole him on February 22, 1970. Cooley had served nearly nine years of a life sentence, and was in poor health from heart trouble. On November 23, 1969, he received a 72-hour furlough from the prison hospital unit at Vacaville to play a benefit concert for the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County at the Oakland Auditorium in Oakland. During the intermission, after a standing ovation, Cooley suffered a fatal heart attack backstage.
A podcast episode of Cocaine and Rhinestones - The Murder Ballad of Spade Cooley - has all the gory details.
Spade Cooley previously, with Miss Molly.