By 1962, Marshall Flippo was fast becoming the most recognized name in Modern Western Square Dancing.  As a traveling caller who toured from coast-to-coast and as a popular recording artist, Marshall was on his way to being the #1 caller in the world.

Here is part 2 of a dance called in Massachusetts in 1962.

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The newly-minted MWSD program - SSD or Social Square Dancing is again featured.  Here are patter and 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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By 1962, Marshall Flippo was fast becoming the most recognized name in Modern Western Square Dancing.  As a traveling caller who toured from coast-to-coast and as a popular recording artist, Marshall was on his way to being the #1 caller in the world.

Here is a live dance called in Massachusetts in 1962.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Al "Tex" Brownlee.  Released in April 1972 as Blue Star 1022, "Al 'Tex' Brownlee Calling In Stereo"

Al Brownlee, previously featured in this podcast series was a traveling caller from West Texas while also recreation director at Fontana Village in North Carolina.

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Recorded at the USA West Convention in San Diego, California here is Buddy Weaver speaking on the topic understanding and utilizing the SSD (Social Square Dance) program.

Buddy shares his forty-five years of experience as a dance leader, caller, and teacher in a pragmatic approach to this new tool that could change the course of square dancing - it could certainly save your square dance club.

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This episode we feature a vintage Lore Records long-play album recorded by Bob Augustin.  Released in 1964 featuring the unique calling style of New Orleans native, Bob Augustin.

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In 2020 at the height of the pandemic shutdown, some folks found dancing via Zoom (video and audio) to be their way to stay in square dancing.  Here is a live Zoom dance at the Plus level called by Buddy Weaver.  

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A name that may not be familiar to most dancers today but from the 1960s into the 1970s, Singing Sam Mitchell was one of the big names in Modern Western Square Dancing.  Here is a dance recorded in 1962. 

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Al "Tex" Brownlee.  Released in April 1971 as Blue Star 1019, "Al 'Tex' Brownlee's Gold Record Album"

For those who may notice, this album is presented in our podcast out of order.  This was due to there being no copy of this album available until a few weeks ago where it was purchased from a private party.

Al started calling in West Texas in 1948 and by 1957 became a full-time caller covering most of the region.  In 1968 he became recreation director for Fontana Dam Resort in North Carolina, spending summer months there as resident caller while returning to Texas in the Fall.  He recorded for Blue Star Records from 1962 to 1982.  His Gold Record was presented by Norm Merrbach, owner of Blue Star Records for outstanding record sales.

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This episode features the talents of some great MWSD callers singing "cowboy songs".  No dancing this episode, instead callers Ernie Kinney, Bronc Wise, and Tom Perry - the Hi Hat Pioneers - are featured.

These callers performed live at many square dance specials and festivals.  This was their second album released in 1985.  Originally thought to be lost, a cassette was recently discovered and presented here.

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Patter calling is unique to modern western square dancing.  Extemporaneous, rhythmic, and harmonious this episode offers a compilation of callers who recorded for the Blue Star, Hi Hat, and related record labels.

Here is part two of tracks offering SSD, Mainstream, or Plus.  Some calls may need research in order to dance these tracks.

Callers on this podcast are:

Johnnie Wykoff, Al Brundage, Dick Houlton, Dave Taylor, Tommy Cavanaugh, and Lee Kopman.

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Recorded at the National Square Dance Convention in Evansville, Indiana here is Buddy Weaver speaking on the topic of new dancers.

Buddy shares his forty-five years of experience as a dance leader, caller, and teacher in a pragmatic approach to recruiting and retention.

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Patter calling is unique to modern western square dancing.  Extemporaneous, rhythmic, and harmonious this episode offers a compilation of callers who recorded for the Blue Star, Hi Hat, and related record labels.

Here is an excellent resource for callers and dancers alike.  Some tracks are SSD, Mainstream, or Plus.  Some calls may need research in order to dance these tracks.

Callers on this podcast are:

Marshall Flippo, Jerry Helt, Ernie Kinney, Nate Bliss, Harold Bausch, and Frank Lane.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in October 1971 as Blue Star 1021, "Marshall Flippo Calls The Basic 50"

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

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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:

"GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY" on Rawhide 1001

"ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK" on Rawhide 1120

"ROLLIN' IN MY SWEET BABY'S ARMS" Rawhide 1039

"BLACK VELVET" (n/a)

"AFTER THE LOVIN" on Rawhide 1054

"DANCIN' ON THE CEILING" on Rawhide (future release)

"ME AND MILLIE" (n/a)

"NEON MOON" (n/a)

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Jack Murtha was one of the developers of the original square dance program for use in schools.  He was an educator and brought that experience to square dancing as a way to make it easy to introduce to non-dancers.  This recording was a sample for a future project where Jack introduced a variety of easy squares and mixers using music produced by Bob Osgood.  This comes from a cassette tape in the Bob Osgood library.

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A name that may not be familiar to most dancers today but in his hey-day was a traveling caller, recording artist, and well respected leader among callers.  Dick Weaver from Hawaii is featured through two separate recordings.  The first from a dance called in Anaheim, California in 1963 and the second from one of his last Hawaii dances in 1978 (he retired from calling in 1979).  Yes, this was Buddy Weaver's father.

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The newly-minted MWSD program - SSD or Social Square Dancing is again featured.  Here are three patter calls and five 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.

Learn more about SSD here

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Bob Fisk.  Released in May 1971 as Blue Star 1020, "You'll Cheer When You Hear This Great Square Dance Album by Bob Fisk"

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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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