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Tom Owens
WLS National Barn Dance
WLS Chicago, IL
WMT Cedar Rapids, IA

About The Artist

Back then, when you heard the square dance caller on the old Barn Dance shows, you were probably hearing Tom Owens, who they said had called more square dances than anybody.

Even back in 1935, there may have been a generation gap, for they wrote that the '...younger generation may not understand exaclty what it signifies when the caller stands up with the sing-song shout all the way through the dance.'

The square dances were called 'these old style dances' in the WLS Family Album of 1935 and even still, they became a staple of shows such as this and the Grand Ole Opry. They were said to be '...more intricate than some of the modern dances, and they involve many complicated figures.' The dancers followed the lead of the caller, hearing such things as "Circle Four" or "Do See Do" or "Circle to the left" and many other evolutions. But there was always some way to tell when a dance was coming to an end when you might here a caller such as Tom sing out "Promenade all, you know where, I don't care."

Appearance History This Month

September 7, 1935
WLS Round-Up Show
Gibson County Fair
Princeton, IN
Tom Owens

September 8, 1935
WLS Barn Dance (1935 Edition)
Forest Park
Brazil, IN
Tom Owens

September 10, 1935
WLS Barn Dance
Cuyahoga County Fair
Berea, OH
Tom Owens

September 12, 1935
WLS Barn Dance
Bijou Theatre
Battle Creek, MI
Tom Owens

September 15, 1935
WLS National Barn Dance
Riverside Park
Cassville, WI
Tom Owens

September 22, 1935
WLS National Barn Dance
Rossi's Park
Braidwood, IL
Tom Owens

September 26, 1935
WLS Round-Up Of Barn Dance Stars
Winnebago County Fair
Oshkosh, WI
Tom Owens

September 6, 1936
WLS Barn Dance
Calumet County Fair
Chilton, WI
Tom Owens

September 7, 1936
WLS On Parade
Dickinson County Fair
Norway, MI
Tom Owens

September 8, 1936
WLS Barn Dance
Oceana County Fair
Hart, MI
Tom Owens

September 10, 1936
WLS On Parade
Shawano County Fair
Shawano, WI
Tom Owens

September 11, 1936
WLS Barn Dance
Crawford County Fair
Gays Mills, WI
Tom Owens

September 12, 1936
WLS Barn Dance
Crawford County Fair
Gays Mills, WI
Tom Owens

September 13, 1936
WLS Barn Dance
Ottawa Theatre
Ottawa, OH
Tom Owens

September 2, 1937
WLS Roundup
Sauk County Fair
Baraboo, WI
Tom Owens

September 5, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Kewaunee County Fair
Luxemburg, WI
Tom Owens

September 5, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Kewaunee County Fair
Luxemburg, WI
Tom Owens

September 12, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Highland-Madison County Fair
Highland, IL
Tom Owens

September 12, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Madison County Fair
Highland, IL
Tom Owens

September 13, 1937
WLS On Parade
Mt. Vernon State Fair
Mt. Vernon, IL
Tom Owens

September 13, 1937
WLS On Parade
Mt. Vernon State Fair
Mt. Vernon, IL
Tom Owens

September 14, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Mercer County Fair
Aledo, IL
Tom Owens

September 14, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Mercer County Fair
Aledo, IL
Tom Owens

September 16, 1937
WLS On Parade
Richland County Fair
Richland Center, WI
Tom Owens

September 16, 1937
WLS On Parade
Richland County Fair
Richland Center, WI
Tom Owens

September 19, 1937
WLS On Parade
High School Auditorium
Marinette, WI
Tom Owens

September 19, 1937
WLS On Parade
High School Auditorium
Marinette, WI
Tom Owens

September 24, 1937

New Mazda Theatre
L'anse, MI
Tom Owens

September 24, 1937

New Mazda Theatre
L'Anse, MI
Tom Owens

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Challenge
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  104 A Buffalo Girls (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  104 B Ocean Waves (With Calls) (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  105 A Irish Washerwoman (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  105 B King's Head (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  106 A Stoney Point Barn Dance (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  106 B Hell On The Wabash (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  107 A Buckwheat Batter (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  107 B Mcleod's Reel (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  306 B Buffalo Girls (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
 
Dome Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1011 A I Send Back Your Letters
  1011 B The Trouble With Me Is You
 
Mercury
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  2022 A A New Ten Gallon Hat
  2022 B You Can't Cry Over My Shoulders
  6006 A Down By The Railroad Track
  6006 B Freight Train Blues
  6018 A Baby You Done Flubbed Your Dub With Me
  6018 B Don't Say You Love Me If You Don't Mean It
  6086 A Just Because
  6086 B My Darling, Tell Me True
 
Silvertone
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  3106 A Buckwheat Batter (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  3106 B Irish Washerwoman (w/The WLS Barn Dance Trio)
  3108 A Stoney Point
  3108 B Buffalo Girls


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