Archive for the 'Vintage Recordings' Category

This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Dave Taylor.  Released in February 1973 as Blue Star 1024.  This is the time period when album sales to dancers had reached its peak.  Almost every traveling caller sold his albums at his dances.  They were a great marketing tool for the caller while providing home dancers the opportunity to dance when a caller wasn't available.

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Produced for use in grade schools and popular as a 33 1/3 long play record, the "EZ Series" produced by Norman Merrbach (owner of Blue Star Records) was a series of albums.  This is the fifth in the series featuring Marshall Flippo doing the calling.

Material used is terrific for classes and SSD level dances.

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This episode we feature a vintage Dance Ranch long-play album recorded by Ron Schneider.  Released in June 1978.

This is Ron's second of two albums on the Dance Ranch label

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in April 1972 as Blue Star 1023, "Marshall Flippo Calls In Stereo From Kirkwood Lodge, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri"

This is Marshall's thirteenth  recorded album and features singing calls that would become classics

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Dave Taylor.  Released in February 1971 as Blue Star 1018, "Dave Taylor With A Passel Of Great Dances For Straight Shooting' Squares Everywhar"

Dave was an incredible caller who brought square dancing to the international stage, through his many calling tours and the creation of the World Square Dance Convention.  He was one of the founding fathers of CALLERLAB.

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This episode we feature a vintage long-play album recorded by Les Gotcher.  Released in 1970 on his own Black Mountain Label (copyright ownership by Buddy Weaver Music)

Les was the true pioneer of square dancing.  His type of calling - blending parts of one routine with another routine - gained popularity with the dancers which then gave encouragement to other callers to adapt this style.  Along with this new extemporaneous square dancing came a new style of calling.  Les Gotcher's style of delivery from timing to cadence is the model of modern western square dance calling.

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A cassette album of Modern Western Square Dancing from a slightly vintage era (the 1980s)

The late Johnnie Wykoff is featured from his cassette album "Should I Come Home Or Should I Go Crazy".  A former owner/produced of Blue Star Records, he recorded 169 singles, mostly on Blue Star.

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This episode we feature a vintage EZ Records long-play album recorded by Lem Smith.  Released in the early 1980s using the 38-basic calls presented by CALLERLAB.

Lem Smith, who hailed from Texas was active in recording for Blue Star Records and sister label, Bogan Records.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Jerry Helt.  Released in June 1970 as Blue Star 1016, "Both Sides Jerry Helt"

Jerry was a remarkable caller who at the time of this recording was popular on the travel calling circuit in addition to touring Universities teaching traditional squares with modern.  A seasoned recording caller, who first entered the studio in the mid-1950s to record an album for Sear & Roebuck, Jerry holds the record for the most years recording.

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Unique to the MWSD activity is square dance callers, singing in professional produced recordings.  This episode features the final album of the Hi Hat Pioneers with callers Ernie Kinney, Tom Perry, Wayne McDonald, and now Buddy Weaver has joined the group.  There is a cameo appearance by Deborah Carroll-Jones.  Recorded in the late 1990s on the ELK label.

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This episode we feature a vintage Dance Ranch long-play album recorded by Ron Schneider.  Released in June 1974.

This is Ron's first of two albums on the Dance Ranch label

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