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Gentle On My Mind, Red Bates, 1968

In the 1968 singing call, Gentle On My Mind, the interesting and unusual figure was called by Red just as it was recorded on the Wagon Wheel label #113 by Don Franklin

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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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Another Square Dance Caller - Jim Mayo

Jim Mayo calling a dance created by Marshall Flippo and released on Chaparral 710. Recorded Memorial Day weekend, 1993, by Tim Stanger at the Papoose Pond square dance weekend, N. Waterford, Maine.

Baby Face - Jack Jackson

This is a short clip of Jack Jackson calling the singing call Baby Face (Windsor Records #4877 by Al Brundage) at a dance in New England in 1962.

Betsy Gotta - patter

Betsey Gotta Callng a MWSD Mainstream Patter call.

Bill Peters & Jim Mayo - Australia, 1986

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Birdie in the Cage - Al Brundage

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

Bob Fisk - Patter

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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…

Charlie Baldwin - Patter, 1961

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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…

Class Notes - Jim Mayo, 1963

Unlike traditional square dance, modern SD is based on a series of classes that teach the basic figures. As the activity has increased its vocabulary of figures, the number of suggested classes has grown over the years, from six to 30 or more weeks. In addition to the instruction at classes, some teachers have given their students handouts with…

Dave Taylor - Patter, 1965

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Dick Jones - Patter, 1970

This hash routine is based on pretty standard (for 1970) Goal Post choreography. The final break uses the call Catch All Eight which was quite common at that time.

Docey-doe / Do Paso agreement

Docey-doe / Do Paso / Do-si-do / Dos a Dosexcerpt from Step by Step Through Modern Square Dance History by Jim Mayo... Others were more receptive to change. Another action that spread, probably from the Shaw schools, was the Wagon Wheel. It was a break type of action involving a set routine following an Allemande Left from a basic square formation.…

Earl Johnston - Patter, 1962

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Eddie Mayall - hash

Modern square dance, Plus program. Videotaped by Tim Stanger at the Papoose Pond square dance weekend, N. Waterford, Maine, 1994.

Ends Turn In - Joe Casey

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