[Dixielandjazz] Spade Cooley

Bob Romans cellblk7 at comcast.net
Wed Dec 26 12:29:42 PST 2012

Red Murrell played tenor banjo, fiddle,and sang vocals in my band for about
3 years in the late 1980's. He had a voice like Jim Reeves
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJWo6YVpV-o) and handled the mike for us. He
was a DJ on the radio in San Jose (  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KZSF>
KEEN radio (1370 AM)) when he was contackted by.well, here's the story;


"After he had served eight years,
ilitation> the state of California agreed to parole him on February 22,
1970. In November 1969, he received 72-hour furlough to play a
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benefit_concert> benefit concert for the
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alameda_County_Sheriff%27s_Office> Deputy
Sheriffs Association of
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alameda_County,_California> Alameda County at
the Oakland Auditorium, now known as the
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_J._Kaiser_Convention_Center> Henry J.
Kaiser Convention Center, in
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland,_California> Oakland. After the
performance, on November 23, Cooley suffered a fatal heart attack in the
backstage area."


Red was authorized to  leed a pick-up band of Western Swing musicians to
back him at the benefit.




In the '40's, Red dated Mary Ford.he told me Les Paul shot him out of the


Warm Regards

Bob Romans

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