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Cal Golden
 Square Dance Caller
 
ID: 240
Cal Golden
Cal Golden

Chief Master Sgt. Calvin "Cal" Golden, USAF retired, born Aug. 28, 1928, in Cedar Glades, died Aug. 23, 2012. Cal was an internationally known square dance caller for over 40 years and started his career while stationed in Colorado Springs. He was Colorado State Champion Caller in 1949 and in November he transferred to March AFB in Riverside, Calif. He helped organize the European Square Dancers and Callers Association in 1955, and in 1968 was elected president of the European Callers Association. For three years he headed the staff of the European Square Dance College in Germany. In 1958, at the request of the State Department, he appeared as the featured square dance caller at the World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

He has called in all 50 states and Province of Canada and in 18 foreign countries. He has recorded over 125 records, eight albums and written three square dance books.

It was believed that Cal was the only sergeant who told a 4-star general what to do. ... The general did it and enjoyed it because he was square dancing.

Cal was inducted into the Square Dance Hall of Fame in 1978. Cal retired from square dancing in 1986 due to ill health.

Cal never met a stranger and all will remember his good sense of humor. Wherever he traveled and to all the places he was stationed, Cal took Arkansas and square dancing with him. He was a True Arkansan. The term "Arky style" was coined by Cal Golden. After a long career in the Air Force, Cal retired to Hot Springs, Arkansas which was his childhood home. Cal toured as a modern western caller all over the world. He was known as a flamboyant dresser. His rhinestone studded suits would rival any that graced the stage of the Grand Old Opry. At the time he first used the term "Arky" it was pretty unusual to have part of the square half sashayed and the other half normal. Cal would show the figure and say "that's the way we do it in Arkansas!" Thus, Arky Style was born.

Another VERY famous feature of Cal's calling was his use of more different patter than probably any other caller in the world, such as

"Swing that lady with a hole in her stockin', Knees keep a knockin, petticoat a floppin'"
"Swing with Mary, Swing with Grace, Allemande left with old Prune Face"
"It ain't a goin' to rain, it ain't a goin' to snow, All join hands and away we go"
"Some girls are pretty, and some are not, but boy, you're stuck with the one you've got"
"Promenade and don't be slow, Where we're going nobody knows"
"Hurry up girls, don't be slow, kiss the caller before you go".

There were over 500 of them published in his "Square Dance Patter Book" published in 1951.

Cal was honored with Callerlab's Milestone Award in 1981 and with the Gold Card in 1991.

If you have any additional pertinent information about this artist, please contact Debbie.
Recordings by Cal Golden:
               
 
America The Beautiful  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 715
 
Arkansas Star / Sioux City Sioux  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Old Timer 8040
 
Barnacle Bill Square  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Old Timer 8067
 
Big City  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Gold Star 708
 
California Sunshine  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, Gold Star 702
 
Driftwood  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, FTC 32005
 
Driftwood  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 711
 
God Bless America  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 712
 
Golden Rocket  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Gold Star 701
 
I Saw The Light  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 703
 
I'll Swing Yours, You Swing Mine / Elbow Swing  (cue sheet)  Patter (two instrumentals), Old Timer 8039
 
Jingle Bells  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 713
 
Johnny Boy  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, Gold Star 705
 
Loose Talk  Singing Call, Gold Star 704
 
My Heart Skips A Beat  (lyrics)  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, G & W 710
 
My Heart Skips A Beat  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 710
 
New Alabama Jubilee / New My Little Girl  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), Old Timer 8159
 
New Alabama Jubilee / New My Pretty Girl  *** on wish list *** Singing Call (two instrumentals), Old Timer 8157
 
Oklahoma Hills  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, Old Timer 8072
 
Pistol Packin' Mama / Spanish Cavalero  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  *** on wish list *** Singing Call (two instrumentals), Old Timer 8055
 
Preachin' Up A Storm  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 717
 
Shirley Jean Berrell  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Gold Star 709
 
Steel Guitar Rag  (comments) (cue sheet)  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, Gold Star 700
 
Summer Sounds  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 716
 
Take Me Back To Colorado  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Old Timer 8143
 
Texas Plains  (lyrics)  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, Old Timer 8069
 
The Easy Way  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gold Star 706
 
Tijuana Rose  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, Old Timer 8180
 
Too Old To Cut The Mustard  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Old Timer 8066
 
We'll Dance Till Sunday Morning Saturday Night  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Old Timer 8165
 
Your Cheatin' Heart  (comments) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  *** on wish list *** Singing Call, Gold Star 714

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