In 1959, Spade Cooley, fresh from conquering the newfangled television medium with his Saturday night show on KTLA in Los Angeles, took his band into the studio to record an album for the Roulette label. Little did he know that it would be his last; Spade?s subsequent murder of his wife two years later marks the most spectacular and horrific flame-out of any artist in the annals of pop music. Ironically, though, this album was something of a return to form; after flirting with pop on his ?50s recordings for RCA, here Spade serves up 14 sides of hot Western Swing with a band?led by steel guitar whiz Joaquin Murphy and ace guitarist Roy Lanham?that could go toe-to-toe and bow-to-bow with his legendary mid-?40s outfit. This exclusive 'Collectors? Choice Music' reissue includes notes by Joe Laredo that tell the sad tale of Spade Cooley, and set this album?the last pleasant chapter of his life?in context. Includes 'Willow Springs; Pony Tail Polka; Happy Hayride; Those Bonny Blue Bells; Santa Fe Express; Rockin? the Square Dance; Saturday Night Social; The Mockin? Bird Is Listenin?; The Latin Leprechaun; Swingin? the Blue Danube; Skatin? on Thin Ice; Blue Jeans and Gingham; Gypsy Jive', and 'Fidoodlin?'.