Archive for the 'Vintage Live Dance Recordings' Category

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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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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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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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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A reel-to-reel tape recording of a live dance held in Los Angeles, California featuring the calling of Larry Ward, Chuck Railey, and Earl Johnson.  All three were hugely popular callers in the Southern California area.  Dance date was marked 1960.

Unfortunately, one tip is cut short but this doesn't take away from the excellence of these three callers.

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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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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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The final part of this five episode series bringing the curtain down on the largest square dance ever. 

Seventy years ago square dancing was very different from how it is today and this episode will explore what America's Folk Dance looked like in 1950.  In this episode you will hear the following callers and dances:

Phil Beggs - "Forward Three"

Jim Munyon - "The Old Pine Tree"

Jack Hoheisal - "Forward Six And Fall Back Eight"

Jim Williamson - "Around And Through"

Fenton "Jonesy" Jones - "There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight"

Ed Gilmore - "Bird In The Cage"

Paul Pierce - "Coming Round The Mountain"

Thanks to Don Ward from California for his help on this episode.  Don and his wife, Shirley danced at the Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee on July 13, 1950

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Part four in the series covering the Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee square dance.  The largest square dance ever, held on July 13, 1950 with 15,000 dancers, 35,000 spectators.

A true audio snapshot of history.

In this episode you will hear the following callers and dances:

Bill Moony - "You Call Everybody Darling"

Roy Close - "Arkansas Star"

Ralph Maxhimer - "Texas Star" (rare recording)

Joel and Ray Orme - "Pistol Packin' Mama"

Mildred Blakey - "Cowboy Loop"

Bruce Johnson - "Insides Arch, Outsides Under"

Cal Golden - "Make An Arch"

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"When dancing first started, a large white cloud rose up over Santa Monica."  

The episode talks about where that cloud came from and so much more as we present part three in the series covering the Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee.

You will also hear one of the only known recordings of Dr. Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw calling a dance live.  "Pappy" is credited with the resurgence of square dancing.  He was an educator, author, and entrepreneur who made the evolution of Modern Western Square Dancing possible.

In this episode you will hear the following callers and dances:

Lloyd Shaw - "Split The Ring"

Marjorie Stout - "Sisters Form A Ring"

Bob Osgood - "Rip 'n Snort"

Del Holley - "Spinning Wheel"

Van Vanderwalker - "Sashay Partners All"

Carl Myles - "Star By The Right"

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This episode takes another look back on vintage square dancing.

Seventy years ago, the Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee was the largest square dance ever, a record held to this day.  Present for this huge event were 15,000 dancers and 35,000 spectators.  Also in attendance was California Governor Earl Warren and Hollywood Star, Leo Carrillo.  Hear them welcome the folks.  A true piece of history.

The callers and dances in this episode are:

Arnie Kronenberger - "Alabama Jubilee"

Doc Alumbaugh - "Just Because"

Ross Christenson - "Missouri Hoedown"

Al Lockaby - "Sally Goodin"

Bert Corell - "Catch All Eight"

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Listeners to this podcast will notice a change starting with this episode.  Every Sunday, a new episode will include audio that celebrates Modern Western Square Dancing along with narration by Buddy Weaver.  

This episode is the first in a series on the largest square dance ever.  Santa Monica, California celebrated it's seventy-fifth anniversary with a big outdoor square dance.  An estimated 15,000 folks danced under a clear sky on the Pacific Ocean with 35,000 spectators to cheer them on.

The event was recorded.  That reel-to-reel tape has been digitally remastered and is presented here.  

This episode offers the following callers and dances:

Ray Shaw - "Dive For The Oyster"

Maury Thompson - "Four Gents Star"

Ken Keeny - "Life On The Ocean Wave"

Slim Brough - "Arkansas Traveller"

Earl Peechin - "My Pretty Girl"

Terry Golden - "Divide The Ring"

Wayne Donhoff - Chase The Rabbit, Chase The Squirrel"

Walt Bauman - "You Swing Yours"

Jim York - "Forward Four"

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