Roy Rogers

Going by his birth name of Leonard Slye, Roy Rogers was a founding member of Sons of the Pioneers. Gene Autry getting a little too big for his britches and demanding exorbitant salaries to star in movies, that opened the door for people like Leonard, now known as Roy Rogers, to become singing cowboy stars, too.

Hear more about Roy in the following episodes of Cocaine & Rhinestones.

Spade Cooley

CR003 The Murder Ballad of Spade Cooley

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Spade Cooley came to California in the early 1930s, as poor as everyone else who did the exact same thing at the exact same time. Only, Spade became a millionaire. And all he needed to accomplish that was a fiddle, a smile and a strong work ethic. If it sounds like the American Dream, stick around to hear how it became an American nightmare of substance abuse, mental illness and, eventually, sadistic torture and murder.

If this episode doesn’t screw you up, you’re already screwed up.

Recommended if you like: Western Swing, murder ballads, My Favorite Murder, True Crime Garage (or any other “true crime” or “murder” podcasts, really), Tex Williams, Bob Wills, fiddles and having nightmares.

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