Archive for the 'Vintage Recordings' Category

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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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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