Archive for October 2021

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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