Today's episode features singing calls that were produced and released in 2000 on the Rawhide Records label.  Caller, Stan Cole was a popular figure from the Central Valley area of California.  On this album he has backup singers creating a full sound.

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A reel-to-reel tape recording of a live dance held in Los Angeles, California featuring the calling of Larry Ward.  He is accompanied by the live band that recorded for the Sets In Order label at the time.  This is a snapshot of one of square dancing in 1960 with one of the most popular callers at the time using a variety of basics along with a new call on almost every tip.

Here is a documentary about Larry Ward here

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Today's episode features singing calls that were produced and released in 1993 on cassette tape.  All of the music used as accompaniment was done on the Hi Hat Record label under producer Ernie Kinney.

Here are the singing calls used in this episode along with their current label and number:

"SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME" on Rawhide 1192

"ALWAYS LATE" on Rawhide 1237

"FIREBALL MAIL" (n/a)

"HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS" on Blue Star 2495

"SPANISH EYES" on Rawhide 1164

"HONKY TONK BLUES" on Rawhide 1088

"LET IT BE ME" (n/a)

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Dave Taylor.  Released in February 1971 as Blue Star 1018, "Dave Taylor With A Passel Of Great Dances For Straight Shooting' Squares Everywhar"

Dave was an incredible caller who brought square dancing to the international stage, through his many calling tours and the creation of the World Square Dance Convention.  He was one of the founding fathers of CALLERLAB.

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This episode we feature a vintage long-play album recorded by Les Gotcher.  Released in 1970 on his own Black Mountain Label (copyright ownership by Buddy Weaver Music)

Les was the true pioneer of square dancing.  His type of calling - blending parts of one routine with another routine - gained popularity with the dancers which then gave encouragement to other callers to adapt this style.  Along with this new extemporaneous square dancing came a new style of calling.  Les Gotcher's style of delivery from timing to cadence is the model of modern western square dance calling.

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The newly-minted MWSD program - SSD or Social Square Dancing is again featured.  Here are four patter calls and four singing calls using music from Buddy Weaver Music as accompaniment.  This is great for dancing when you don't have a caller or as a resource for callers.

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A cassette album of Modern Western Square Dancing from a slightly vintage era (the 1980s)

The late Johnnie Wykoff is featured from his cassette album "Should I Come Home Or Should I Go Crazy".  A former owner/produced of Blue Star Records, he recorded 169 singles, mostly on Blue Star.

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This episode we feature a vintage EZ Records long-play album recorded by Lem Smith.  Released in the early 1980s using the 38-basic calls presented by CALLERLAB.

Lem Smith, who hailed from Texas was active in recording for Blue Star Records and sister label, Bogan Records.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Jerry Helt.  Released in June 1970 as Blue Star 1016, "Both Sides Jerry Helt"

Jerry was a remarkable caller who at the time of this recording was popular on the travel calling circuit in addition to touring Universities teaching traditional squares with modern.  A seasoned recording caller, who first entered the studio in the mid-1950s to record an album for Sear & Roebuck, Jerry holds the record for the most years recording.

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Unique to the MWSD activity is square dance callers, singing in professional produced recordings.  This episode features the final album of the Hi Hat Pioneers with callers Ernie Kinney, Tom Perry, Wayne McDonald, and now Buddy Weaver has joined the group.  There is a cameo appearance by Deborah Carroll-Jones.  Recorded in the late 1990s on the ELK label.

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Recorded at the Yuma Festival in Arizona, the weekend of February 18-20, 2022, here is all the excitement of modern western square dancing at its finest.  Patter and singing calls are at the Plus level (intermediate level).

For more information on the Yuma Festival and all dancing in Yuma, visit www.yumadancing.com

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This episode we feature a vintage Dance Ranch long-play album recorded by Ron Schneider.  Released in June 1974.

This is Ron's first of two albums on the Dance Ranch label

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in August 1969 as Blue Star 1016, "Marshall Flippo Sings 'em and Swings 'em in Stereo"

This is Marshall's eleventh recorded album and his first of only singing calls

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Bob Fisk was certainly one of the most popular callers in modern western square dancing.  His voice, style, and delivery electrified dancers every where he went.  Todays podcast starts with three cuts from a dance in 1970 recorded in New Orleans, LA, while the remaining cuts are all singing calls from his California annual weekend.  A combination of reel-to-reel tapes and DAT tapes were remastered for this program.

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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  Proving to be a dancer favorite as an excellent way to get dancers back on the floor without classes.  SSD promotes dancer success and the opportunity for non-dancers to join into square dancing faster.

Today's episode features singing calls that were produced and released in the late 1990-2000 time frame.  Music by Buzzy Smith from Texas.  Excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

Here are the singing calls use in this episode:

"Peg Of My Heart" on Blue Star 2493

"Blue Blue Day" on Blue Star 2501

"When Memphis Gave Birth To Rock And Roll" on Blue Star 2527

"I Drove All Night" on Blue Star 2489

"Waiting For The Robert E. Lee" on Blue Star 2461

"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" on Blue Star 2529

"Hello My Baby" on Blue Star 2507

"When The Red Red Robin" on Blue Star 2503

"Ma, She's Making Eyes At Me" on Blue Star 2545

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A cassette tape recording of Marshall Flippo calling a live dance in Kansas City around 1980.  

Most of the calls used in the recording are part of todays Plus program.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in October 1967 as Blue Star 1015, "Smooth And Easy Danceable Squares By Marshall Flippo, Its Always Smooth Sailing On Blue Star Of Course"

This is Marshall's tenth recorded album and introduces the new call Spin Chain Thru.

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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  Proving to be a dancer favorite as an excellent way to get dancers back on the floor without classes.  SSD promotes dancer success and the opportunity for non-dancers to join into square dancing faster.

Today's episode features a live dance called in December 2021 at the graduation of an SSD  class in San Diego, California.  Here is all the excitement of a live dance.

All musical accompaniment is available from buddyweavermusic.com

"All I Want To Do Hoedown" on Blue Star 583

"Amie" on Blue Star 2593

"Pride Of The Province" on Hi Hat 1028

"Walk In The Room" on Blue Star 2626

"Rock Island Ride" on Blue Star (not yet released)

"That's Amore" on Blue Star 2565

"Cripple Cricket" on Blue Star 591

"Iko Shake" on Blue Star 2575

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Contra dance and Modern Western Square Dance have co-existed for many decades along separate paths.  This episode is the intersection of Contra and MWSD as recorded in the 1990's by Mike Seastrom for a "learn contra dancing" video developed for Modern Western Square Dancers.  Here is the audio portion.

The caller, Mike Seastrom, is one of the most popular callers in the activity with a long list of accomplishments.  Learn more about Mike by clicking here.

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Here is all the excitement of what square dancing is today.  A live Plus level (intermediate level) dance with Mike Seastrom and Buddy Weaver.  Both callers call Southern California home, while traveling around the world for square dancing.  This live dance was recorded on November 2021 in Northridge, California.

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