Tex Williams

Western Swing vocalist, nicknamed “Tex” and launched into recognition by Spade Cooley. Aside from singing on most of Spade’s biggest hits, Tex had a smash hit of his own with Merle Travis on “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette.”

Tex is mentioned in the following episodes of Cocaine & Rhinestones.

Spade Cooley

CR003 The Murder Ballad of Spade Cooley

1200 630 Cocaine & Rhinestones

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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