Spade Cooley – Shame on You, is a Western Swing song written by Spade Cooley and became his signature song.
In the song, the singer is rebuking his straying girlfriend. The recording was Cooley’s first after taking over the band from Jimmy Wakely, and the first of an unbroken chain of six hits which led to him being on the cover of Billboard in March 1946. “Shame On You” was the first song whose rights were owned by the Hill & Range publishing company, which later grew to become a dominant force in country music.
First recorded by Spade Cooley, it was released January 15, 1945 (OKeh 6731). With vocals by Tex Williams, it reached number one, spending 31 weeks on the charts. The “B” side, “A Pair of Broken Hearts”—also a hit—reached number eight.
Spade Cooley – Shame on You
Single by Spade Cooley and His Western Band
B-side “A Pair of Broken Hearts”
Released January 15, 1945
Genre Western swing
Songwriter(s) Spade Cooley