Archive for July 2021

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.

Most of the musical accompaniment is available for purchase from buddyweavermusic.com

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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 new 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.

the feature of this episode.  With about fifty square dance calls in the program, it is great for dancers to move in time with the rhythm of the music from one-call-to-the-next.

Here are the releases used:

"Showdown" on Blue Star Music 547
"Beautiful Sunday" on Blue Star Music 2553
"Los Danza" on Blue Star Music 557
"Forever Young" on Blue Star Music 2629
"Hi Hat Hornpipe" on Hi Hat Music 1001
"You Ain't Never Had A Friend Like Me" on Blue Star Music 2631
"Lets Marvin Gaye" on Blue Star Music 2589
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" on Blue Star Music 2635

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This is the second album of easy dances presented by Blue Star Records, featuring the calling of Marshall Flippo.  Released in August 1963 as BS 1007 "Everybody Dances When The Great Marshall Flippo Calls On Blue Star".

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

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A true pioneer in the MWSD activity, Bob Osgood, presented the history of our dance in 1979.  His presentation was captured on cassette and has been cleaned up in our studio for you.

Bob picks up the timeline post World War II, as Modern Western Square Dancing was pulling away from the folk dance groups of the time.  Rather than being part of an evening of folk dances where teaching was done every time the dance was presented, MWSD set the standard that dancers had to know the fundamental dances, which involved taking lessons for about six weeks.  In this way, every group get-together was dancing, rather than learning and re-learning the fundamentals.

There is an audio sample of Bob Osgood calling at the end of his presentation.

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