Modern Western Square Dancing, slightly vintage as it was recorded in the nineties.  

Today's featured caller is Johnnie Wykoff.   His first singing call album was covered in episode #345; here is his second.  Most of the musical accompaniment is available for purchase from buddyweavermusic.com

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in November 1965 as Blue Star 1013, "Marshall Flippo Lets His Hair Down Real Good On Blue Star, Of Course"

This is Marshall's ninth recorded album.  It is the introduction of a new music style lead by vibraphonist, Dick Shannon

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A reel-to-reel tape recording of a live dance held in New Orleans, Louisiana featuring the calling of Jack Lasry.    At the time of this recording, Jack had built a reputation for being able to call dances that had dancers smoothly executing dance material far beyond their capabilities.  A national traveling caller who was popular with dancers and callers, alike.  This recording captures only patter calls, including the introduction of a new call.

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As previously covered in episodes 332 and 341, The Hi Hat Pioneers were a quartet of MWSD callers who performed and recorded "cowboy songs".

This was their fourth album; two of their previous three were featured in this podcast.  The recording callers were Ernie Kinney, Bronc Wise, Tom Perry and Wayne McDonald.  The album is "Cimarron Roll On", which was released on cassette tape in the 1980s.  Probably one of their best recordings.

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A unique feature of the Modern Western Square Dancing is the callers school.  Todays episode is taken for a live reel-to-reel tape recording of a callers school conducted by Ed Gilmore.  A seasoned veteran caller who was popular on the travel calling circuit of the 1950s, he was well known for his presentations to journeyman callers.

The recording covers many hours and has been broken up into multiple, non-consecutive parts.  It has also been modified to remove unintelligible audio and "dead air".

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Jim Brower.   Released in July 1965 as Blue Star 1012, Super Challenge Dances.

All of the material was originally written by Florida caller, Gordon Blaum.  Known by many dancers and callers for his interesting use of square dance calls.  The recording caller is Jim Brower from Texas.  A first for Blue Star Records, this album is all patter calling; no singing calls.

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Here is all the excitement of what square dancing is today.  A live Plus level (intermediate level) dance from Andy Allemao and Buddy Weaver.  Both callers reside in San Diego, California where the dance was recorded.  Both are recording artists for the Blue Star Music label.

It should also be noted that both callers teach beginner square dancing in the San Diego area.  Want to join in?  Contact: Andy (allemao@cox.net) or Buddy (buddy@buddyweaver.com)

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This episode we feature a vintage Hi Hat Records long-play album recorded by Wayne West.  Released in mid-1960s as Hi Hat 7001 - "Modern Square Dances For The Student Dancer".

Cover notes state the dances were selected to offer the newer dancer good, challenging practice to better prepare for club level dancing.

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A cassette tape recording of the 1979 Aloha State Convention held in Honolulu, Hawaii featuring the calling of Dave Taylor and Dick Bayer.

Many of today's fundamental calls were new to MWSD and are featured in the tips called by these two great callers.  Some of the most popular square dance music in 1979 is used for accompaniment.  

The tape comes from the Frank Waters collection 

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Wrapping up season four of the BWM podcast, we are featuring part two of the album, BS 1011 "Blue Star Jubilee".

As covered in episode #354, this is a continuation of the live dance held in the Sam Houston Coliseum in August 1964.  Nearly twelve hundred dancers are still on the floor, full of excitement while the Blue Star Band and calling staff is tuning up.

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Buddy Weaver Music is the copyright owner of Blue Star Records.  Some episodes of this podcast will be presenting the Blue Star Records album collection.  Here is BS 1011 "Blue Star Jubilee".  

Released in November 1964, this was a three-record album set that captured the first ever gathering of live musicians who recorded for Blue Star Records, staff recording artists, and one-thousand one-hundred thirty-six dancers in the Sam Houston Coliseum for a one-night dance.

This is part one of two featuring the album.  Step back in time and soak up the excitement.

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A reel-to-reel tape recording of a live dance held in Honolulu, Hawaii featuring the calling of Frank Lane, Marshall Flippo, and Dick Enderle.  Frank and Marshall were considered the top two callers in the country at the time while Dick was an up-and-coming traveling caller.

Nearly sixty-years of age hasn't affected the finished product in this episode. There is occasional distortion caused by either the amplifier output being too loud or the microphone input being set too high.  This doesn't take away from the excellence of these three callers.

The tape comes from the Frank Waters collection 

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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  A program that is growing in popularity for the joy it is bringing to more and more dancers everyday.

Today's episode features yesterdays Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

At this time, none of the musical accompaniment is available so please enjoy this episode.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in August 1964 as Blue Star 1010, "The Best Collection Of New Squares Yet By Marshall Flippo On Blue Star ... Of Course"

This is Marshall's seventh recorded album.  Here you begin to see MWSD evolving with the introduction of the call "Swing Thru" and other Ocean Wave type actions.  Great calling and great music.

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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 it promotes dancer success and the opportunity for non-dancers to join into square dancing faster.

Today's episode features Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Eric Henerlau calling "Sugar Sugar" on Blue Star Music 2573

Ken Bower calling "Night Train To Memphis" on Blue Star/Square L 1003

Andy Allemao calling "TROUBLE" on Rawhide Music 1186

Bear Miller calling "Macho Man" on Rawhide Music 1163

Mike Hogan calling "Sea Of Heartbreak" on Rawhide Music 1099

Lisa Lincoln calling "Hallelujah" on Female Edition Blue Star 201

Jerry Gilbreath calling "Rocking With You" on Rawhide Music 1224

Buddy Weaver calling "Just The Way You Are" on Blue Star Music 2569

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Unique to the MWSD activity is the callers/teachers who also have the talent to perform without the dance calls.  This episode features a beloved caller from Southern California, Lee Schmidt.

The album presented here is a compilation of his studio recordings from the eighties through the nineties with the musical accompaniment done by studio musicians from the Los Angeles area.   Lee was responsible for hundreds of dancers learning MWSD in addition to acting as a mentor to some of today's influential callers.  From the sixties until his retirement in 2012, he was a popular figure in the California square dance scene.

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The square dancer of today may not recognize the name, Dick Houlton, but he was a popular personality calling for thousands of dancers each month in his heyday.  His had a great influence over callers of the current generation.

Here is a live dance recording from 1990 of the late, great Dick Houlton.  Dancers of Mainstream and Plus will enjoy the calling while every caller should listen, over and over, to learn from a master caller.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in August 1964 as Blue Star 1009, "More Dance For Fun Level Dancing By Marshall Flippo"

This is Marshall's sixth recorded album.  It is an excellent example perfect timing and delivery by a master caller.

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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  A great way to join in square dancing where classes take about 14 weeks and the entire program is about 50 calls.

Today's episode features Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Andy Allemao calling "Let The Good Times Roll" on Blue Star Music 2563

Jim Steele calling "Two More Bottles Of Wine" on Hi Hat Music 5355

Lisa Lincoln calling "Open Arms" on Female Edition Blue Star 206

Dave Guille calling "Rocky Top" on Rawhide Music 1154

Eric Henerlau calling "I'm Beginning To See The Light" on Blue Star Music 2621

Lone Blume calling "When The Sun Goes Down" on Hi Hat Music 5289

Nicholas Brendzy calling "Earthquake" on Rawhide Music 1243

Mike Hogan calling "Blue Moon" on Blue Star Music 2615

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Modern Western Square Dancing, slightly vintage as it was recorded in the nineties.  

Today's featured caller is Johnnie Wykoff.  From the early sixties until his passing in 2000, he was a popular caller who traveled throughout the U.S.  In the late eighties, he became the second owner/producer of Blue Star Records and all of the affiliate labels.  Over the years, Johnnie Wykoff recorded 169 singles, mostly on Blue Star, with today's episode highlighting one of his final albums.

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