You recently wrote, on the trad-dance callers list:
From a 1950 recording of the Santa Monica Diamond
Jubilee, a landmark MWSD event. Many callers are heard to chant "hey Ma, hey Pa,
chaw tobacco and spit it on the wall". ...
I know of one sound clip from the Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee
online, namely this one of Cal Golden:
And indeed, Cal uses the a"chaw of tobacco" line (at 2:23), but
not preceded by "hey Ma, hey Pa."
Since I see you posting this on t-d-c, I have a couple questions.
First, the page I cite above identifies the tune the band played
for Cal Golden at the Diamond Jubilee was "Ragtime Annie." The
program for the Diamond Jubilee
lists 28 patter squares. Do you by any chance know--or know how
I could find out--what tunes the bands played for the other 27?
Second, if you follow the trad-dance-callers list, you may have
noticed the request for people's lists of their favorite tunes
for patter squares that I posted on May 12, with follow-up on
July 3. In my message, I specifically mentioned that, for
purposes of my current project, I'm interested in traditional
(or traditional-sounding) tunes, and not in some of the quite
non-traditional (IMO) music often found on recent MWSD recordings.
Nonetheless, one person who responded off-list suggested that I
So, I'm asking: Are there any particular tunes, or particular
recordings of them, that you'd recommend to someone looking
for traditional-sounding patter square hoedown music?
For example, do you know of square dance recordings from the
1940's and 1950's, or modern re-recordings with similar
instrumentation and playing style, that still have favored
by some callers? Does Blue Star or any associated/subsidiary
label had a "retro" department retro enough to carry such
Or if you somehow got a gig calling with a live bluegrass or
old-time band, and they showed you a set list, are there
titles that would make you say, "Let's try that one"?
Or if you were approached by a caller wanting to call one-night
parties using old routines like "Texas Star, "Birdie in Cage,"
and "Grapevine Twist," and if he wanted to get people imagining
they're in a barn with a fiddler and not a synth player, are
there particular records you'd recommend? Or do any of your
labels carry called versions of such old routines, and can you
tell me what tunes back them up?
Thanks for any info you care to offer either about this or
about the tunes at the Diamond Jubilee, an dmy apologies if
these inquiries are intrusive or misdirected.
Santa Clara, CA