Archive for the 'Vintage Recordings' Category

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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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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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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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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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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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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Unique to the MWSD world, here are square dance callers with the talent to sing "cowboy songs" - yes, singing without the calls.  The Hi Hat Pioneers featuring Ernie Kinney, Bronc Wise, Tom Perry, and Burlin Davis along with some fine studio musicians present the album, "Autumn On The Trail".

Released in 1984 on cassette tape, this is the third album for the group and highlights the tight harmonies and evolving sound.  

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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 1006 "The Great Flippo Calls A Terrific Dance Of Great Square Dances To Double Your Dancing Pleasure".  Quite a mouthful of a title.

Released in August 1963 for dancer's home practice with Marshall Flippo, premier recording artist and traveling caller using calls that were new to the dancer in 1963.

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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 1005 "Andy Andrus Calls 'Em Sensational"

Incorrectly identified in the podcast (should be Blue Star 1005), this long play album was released in May 1963 for dancer's home practice.  Some of the calls used are no longer in square dancing today so listeners have to do some research before dancing.

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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 1004 "Fun Dances Called By Marshall Flippo"

Released in May 1962 for dancer's home practice.  Only ten calls are used and the content of this album fits nicely into today's MWSD.  Marshall Flippo, the premier recording artist and traveling caller comes across in the style that is clear, concise, and smooth.

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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 1003 "Andy Andrus Calls 'Em Wild"

Released in April 1962 for dancer's home practice.  At this time in history, demand for long-play albums of square dancing was growing and this is the second album from Blue Star in as many months.  Today's dancer may have to research some of the calls used on this release.

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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 1002 "Marshall Flippo Calling New Dances And Old Favorites"

Released in March 1962 for dancer's home practice.  While only twenty calls are used (the basic of MWSD at the time), they are put together in challenging combinations.  Marshall Flippo's presentation is excellent and shows how he had evolved as a caller from his previous album, covered in episode 323.

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Buddy Weaver Music is the copyright owner of Blue Star Records.  This episode features Blue Star Records 1001, the first long-play album featuring Marshall Flippo.

Released in June 1961 and an excellent representation of the square dance music, calls, and style of the time.  For today's dancer, you may notice there are none of the "Ocean Wave" calls that are so popular today.  The pace of dancing is a bit quicker and is true "wind-in-your-face" dancing.  Marshall Flippo was the master of moving dancers smoothly from call to call.

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