Archive for the 'Vintage Recordings' Category

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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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in August 1969 as Blue Star 1016, "Marshall Flippo Sings 'em and Swings 'em in Stereo"

This is Marshall's eleventh recorded album and his first of only singing calls

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in October 1967 as Blue Star 1015, "Smooth And Easy Danceable Squares By Marshall Flippo, Its Always Smooth Sailing On Blue Star Of Course"

This is Marshall's tenth recorded album and introduces the new call Spin Chain Thru.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Sal Fanara.  Released in July 1966 as Blue Star 1014, "Swing With Old Sal Fanara"

The calling style, speed of dance and music is representative of the best of the sixties.  Note the new call is Spin the Top.

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Modern Western Square Dancing, slightly vintage as it was recorded in the nineties.  

Today's featured caller is Johnnie Wykoff.   His first singing call album was covered in episode #345; here is his second.  Most of the musical accompaniment is available for purchase from buddyweavermusic.com

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in November 1965 as Blue Star 1013, "Marshall Flippo Lets His Hair Down Real Good On Blue Star, Of Course"

This is Marshall's ninth recorded album.  It is the introduction of a new music style lead by vibraphonist, Dick Shannon

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As previously covered in episodes 332 and 341, The Hi Hat Pioneers were a quartet of MWSD callers who performed and recorded "cowboy songs".

This was their fourth album; two of their previous three were featured in this podcast.  The recording callers were Ernie Kinney, Bronc Wise, Tom Perry and Wayne McDonald.  The album is "Cimarron Roll On", which was released on cassette tape in the 1980s.  Probably one of their best recordings.

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A unique feature of the Modern Western Square Dancing is the callers school.  Todays episode is taken for a live reel-to-reel tape recording of a callers school conducted by Ed Gilmore.  A seasoned veteran caller who was popular on the travel calling circuit of the 1950s, he was well known for his presentations to journeyman callers.

The recording covers many hours and has been broken up into multiple, non-consecutive parts.  It has also been modified to remove unintelligible audio and "dead air".

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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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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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