Gordon Terry

Square Dance Party

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For many, square dancing only brings back painful elementary school memories of forced contact with the opposite sex and embarrassing missteps on the gym floor; for others, it conjures up fond recollections of nights out on the town. Luckily, for the latter group, there are plenty of square-dancing clubs and competitions across the country, not to mention a few callers' associations. And for those who like to do their swinging at home, there's this 1962 square-dance record (complete with calls) to take the place of a live band and caller. From a strictly musical standpoint, one also gets to hear the fine fiddle work of bluegrass veteran Gordon Terry. Known for later marginalia like his Disco Country and Rockin' Fiddle albums, Terry joined the Grand Ole Opry when he was 19 and made several sides with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. In the '50s, he had a few solo hits and acted in some Westerns, eventually making his way to L.A. While not spending days at the studio, Terry was cutting albums like this one. So don your hat and boots, and listen closely to caller Al Gottlieb reel off classics like "Single Couple Hash," "Little Red Hen," and "Split the Ring."