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Jimmy Wakely - 82% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Clarence Wakely, 16 February 1914, near Mineola, Arkansas, USA, d. 25 September 1982, Mission Hills, California, USA. Wakely’s family relocated to Oklahoma when he was child, moving several times as they struggled to make a living, usually by sharecropping. He gave himself the name of Jimmy and attended High School at Cowden, Oklahoma, where he learned to play the guita Read more

Floyd Tillman - 67% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 December 1914, Ryan, Oklahoma, USA, d. 22 August 2003, Bacliff, nr. Houston, Texas, USA. Tillman was the youngest of 11 children of a sharecropping family who moved to Post, Texas, when he was a few months old. He first learned to play mandolin and banjo but later changed to guitar, performing with Adolph Hofner’s band, even singing a few songs, although later admitti Read more

Red Foley - 50% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Clyde Julian Foley, 17 June 1910, in a log cabin between Blue Lick and Berea, Kentucky, USA, d. 19 September 1968, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. The son of a fiddle player, Foley learned guitar as a child and was encouraged to sing by his parents. After high school, he attended Georgetown College, Kentucky, where he was discovered by a scout for the noted WLS National Barn Dance Read more

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Johnny Bond - 43% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Cyrus Whitfield Bond, 1 June 1915, Enville, Oklahoma, USA, d. 12 June 1978, Burbank, California, USA. Born into a poor farming family, Bond taught himself to play ukelele and guitar and played at local dances In 1934 he moved to Oklahoma and worked on radio, appearing as Cyrus Whitfield, Johnny Whitfield and then Johnny Bond. In 1937, he worked with Jimmy Wakely and Scotty H Read more

Little Jimmy Dickens - 36% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Comedy Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Cecil Dickens, 19 December 1920, Bolt, West Virginia, USA. Dickens has summarized his early life as the youngest of 13 children in humorous country songs such as ‘A-Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed’ and ‘Out Behind The Barn’. He had no intention of following his father into the coalmines, and being 4 feet 11 inches tall effectively ruled it out. When Read more

Hank Thompson - 34% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry William Thompson, 3 September 1925, Waco, Texas, USA, d. 6 November 2007, Keller, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Thompson, as a young boy, was fond of records by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. He first learned the harmonica and then his parents gave him a guitar for his tenth birthday. He also played Hawaiian guitar, learned conjuring tricks and had a ventriloquist Read more

Pee Wee King - 31% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, 18 February 1914, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, d. 7 March 2000, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. His parents, whose families had been Polish immigrants, relocated to Abrams when he was a child and he grew up in the Polish community there. His father, who played fiddle and concertina, ran a polka band and the boy was encouraged to play instruments from Read more

Merle Travis - 29% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Merle Robert Travis, 29 November 1917, Rosewood, Kentucky, USA, d. 20 October 1983, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA. Travis was the son of a tobacco farmer but by the time he was four years old, the family had moved to Ebenezer, Kentucky, and his father was working down the mines. Travis’ father often remarked, ‘Another day older and deeper in debt’, a phrase his son Read more

Roy Acuff - 28% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Roy Claxton Acuff, 15 September 1903, Maynardsville, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 November 1992, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The third of five children born to Neill and Ida Acuff, Roy learned to play the harmonica and Jew’s harp as a child and was involved with music from an early age. His father played the fiddle, his mother the piano and guitar and Roy sang with his siblings Read more

Carl Smith - 26% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Alice Faye - 25% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alice Jeanne Leppert, 5 May 1912, New York City, New York, USA, d. 9 May 1998, Rancho Mirage, California, USA. An attractive blonde actress and singer, Alice Faye symbolized for many the glamorous 20th Century Fox movies musicals of the 30s and 40s. She was noticed by Rudy Vallee in the Broadway chorus of George White’s Scandals Of 1931, and, after touring and recording Read more

Ernest Tubb - 25% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernest Dale Tubb, 9 February 1914, near Crisp, Ellis County, Texas, USA, d. 6 September 1984, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Ernest was the youngest of five children of Calvin Tubb, the foreman of a 300-acre cotton farm, and his wife Sarah. In 1920 the family relocated to Benjamin, and then moved again, to Kemp, in 1925. The following year, his parents divorced and initially he Read more

Matt Molloy - 25% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lefty Frizzell - 23% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Orville Frizzell, 31 March 1928, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, USA, d. 19 July 1975, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The eldest of eight children of an itinerant oilfield worker, Frizzell was raised mainly in El Dorado, Arkansas, but also lived in sundry places in Texas and Oklahoma. Greatly influenced by his parents’ old 78s of Jimmie Rodgers, he sang as a young Read more

Webb Pierce - 22% match to Spade Cooley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 August 1921, near West Monroe, Louisiana, USA, d. 24 February 1991, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His father died when Pierce was only three months old, his mother remarried and he was raised on a farm seven miles from Monroe. Although no one in the family performed music, his mother had a collection of country records which, together with Gene Autry films, were his first cou Read more


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