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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 17, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2005 with 14 to follow.
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Pregnant Katie Holmes dumps film

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Pregnant actress Katie Holmes has reportedly pulled out of "Shame on You," the film she was to star in with Dennis Quaid.

Announcer Jerry Lawrence dead at 93

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Early quiz show host and announcer Jerry Lawrence has died in Los Angeles at age 93, it was reported Wednesday.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 17, the 352nd day of 2004 with 14 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2003 with 14 to follow.
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Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
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Donnell Clyde Cooley (December 17, 1910–November 23, 1969), better known as Spade Cooley, was an American Western swing musician, big band leader, actor, and television personality. His career ended in 1961 when he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his second wife, Ella Mae Evans.

One of the groups which played at the Venice Pier Ballroom in Venice, California was led by Jimmy Wakely with Spade Cooley on fiddle. Several thousand dancers would turn out on Saturday night to swing and hop. "The hoards (sic) of people and jitterbuggers loved him." When Wakely got a movie contract at Universal, Cooley replaced him as bandleader.

To capitalize on the success of the Bob Wills–Tommy Duncan pairing, Cooley hired vocalist Tex Williams who was capable of the mellow deep baritone sound made popular by Duncan. Cooley's 18-month engagement at Santa Monica's Venice Pier Ballroom was record-breaking for the early half of the 1940s. His "Shame on You", released on Columbia's Okeh label, was recorded in December 1944, and was No. 1 on the country charts for two months. "Shame on You" was the first in an unbroken string of six Top Ten singles including "Detour" and "You Can't Break My Heart".

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