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Al Brundage - dance history

Note: The audio file takes a while to load, so be patient.This recording documents a presentation by Al Brundage about the history of square dancing. The tape label has no information about the date of circumstance of the presentation. Al told Jim Mayo that it probably was a demonstration (possibly for a Rotary group or something similar) put…

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Birdie in the Cage - Al Brundage

This is a short clip from a dance called by Al Brundage in 1952.

Patter - Al Brundage, 1962

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Betsy Gotta - patter

Betsey Gotta Callng a MWSD Mainstream Patter call.

Linda Sue - Beulah Samec

Beulah Samec calling a singing call at a dance at the Newton Pavilion in Newton, NH in 1960.

Patter - Bill Castner

This is a short clip of patter calling by Bill Castner, a caller from California.

I Don't Know Why - Bill Castner

This is a short clip of Bill Castner calling the singing call I Don't Know Why (Sets In Order record # 1119) from a dance recorded in 1960.

Patter Calling - Bill Peters

This is a short clip of Bill Peters calling patter at a dance in Adelaide, Australia in 1986.

Bill Peters & Jim Mayo - Australia, 1986

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Chicken Plucker - choreographic innovation

The Chicken Plucker routine created by Bill Shymkus appeared in the October 1957 issue of Sets in Order; the same issue contained ads for the new record release by Lee Helsel. This routine is considered by caller and historian Jim Mayo as "a very substantial change in the choreography of square dancing." His lengthy article, originally written in…

I Get The Blues for Mammy - Bob Fisk

The original song was recorded by Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers, Bluebird 8422 A.

Bob Fisk - Patter

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Women Callers - article

Article presumably written by Bob Osgood, describing the challenges and opportunities for women square dance callers

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Bruce Johnson, patter - 1961

Live recording of Bruce Johnson calling to a jig.

Jim Mayo comments: "Bruce kept on using 6/8 time music long after most others had abandoned it. It also shows his nearly unique ability to fill every beat with at least one word and to keep them rhyming all the way through the tip while maintaining better timing than most before most callers had…

Me and My Shadow - Bruce Johnson

This is a short clip taken from a recding by Bruce Johnson on Windsor Records. The tune is Me and My Shadow and the record is Windsor # W4828

Charlie Baldwin - Patter, 1961

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Henry Ford and Benjamin Lovett

Dave Taylor and Al Brundage called a dance in Lovett Hall in Dearborn, Michigan, around 1980. This article is Taylor's effort to tell some of the story of that venue.

[Editor's note: some of the information presented in this article is disputed by other sources, but we do want to make this perspective available, especially for the first-hand…