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Dick Leger
 Square Dance Caller
 
ID: 409
Dick Leger

Richard "Dick" Leger was among the world's leading Square Dance callers over the last half century. His musicianship, focus on the importance of timing, and contributions to educating dancers and callers from elementary school to adulthood are being felt to this day.

Dick was born and raised in the Riverside area of East Providence, Rhode Island in 1926. Son of French immigrant mill workers, he joined his father at the Rhode Island Lace Mill at the age of 16. During his short stay at East Providence High School, he was in the marching band, where he met his future wife Sue Durfee. This fortuitous meeting, which turned into a 50+ year marriage, was the key to his becoming a caller.

Dick would drive Sue, her parents, and a few other musicians around to various dances and small performances, where they played traditional and popular music. Sue was from an accomplished musical family, her uncle having been one of Artie Shaw's sax players, and her mother being a professional fiddle player.

Dick would sit on the sidelines all evening during these shows watching, and began to think "I could do this - but I need to learn an instrument." This led him to pick up a guitar and, and after a few months of teaching himself some chords and simple picking, he joined the "orchestra" on stage for their dances.

A half dozen years later, Dick had his own Square Dance club in Warren, the "Rhody Merrymakers," for whom he acted as caller for the next 40+ years. As his popularity grew, he began calling at clubs and dances in Southern New England, eventually becoming known throughout the Northeast U.S. and into Canada as "The Man With The Guitar" for his unique practice of calling accompanied by only his guitar playing.

In the middle '60's, Dick began recording his singing calls, covering Country Western standards like "I Walk the Line" and "Marianne" and the not-so-Country standard "Oh Bla Di, Oh Bla Da," as well as dozens of others over the next 20 years on Grenn and then Kimbo records where, for the next decade, he produced a dozen or so albums used by gym teachers around the U.S. to teach Square Dancing. It's fair to say that, if you learned to Square Dance in school, in all probability you learned listening to a Dick Leger album.

At this time he also began teaching calling schools for aspiring callers, and by the late '70's, Dick had become known internationally, and he began traveling the world calling dances, and teaching callers. His travels stretched from Australia to Japan and included most of Europe.

His list of awards and recognition is long: induction into the International Square Dance Hall of Fame in 1978; recipient of International Callerlabs' Milestone Award - the highest award a Caller can receive - in 1985; induction, with Sue, into the Square Dance Foundation of New England's Hall of Fame - where his guitar and awards on now on display in 1994; and, in 1996, once again with Sue, being awarded the New England Square and Round Dance Cooperation Committee's Yankee Clipper Award for a lifetime of dedication and commitment to square dancing.

Dick passed away in 1999.


Dick Leger - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Dick Leger - Grand Tour

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Recordings by Dick Leger:
                   
 
Bi-Centennial Silver Bell  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12150
 
Billy Boy  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25024
 
Cabaret  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Kimbo 602
 
Choctaw  (sample clip)  Patter, Grenn 12215
 
Down By The Ohio  Singing Call, Grenn 12158
 
Down By The Ohio  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12221
 
Down By The Ohio  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Top 25131
 
El Rancho Grande  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12148
 
Funny Way Of Calling  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Top 25056
 
God Bless America  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 409
 
Happy Days Are Here Again  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 407
 
Have I Told You Lately  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25060
 
Hello Dolly  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Kimbo 604
 
Hurry Hurry Hurry  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25090
 
Hurry, Hurry, Hurry  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12223
 
I Walk The Line  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12227
 
I Walk The Line  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25110
 
I Write The Songs  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 406
 
I Wrote A Song  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 401
 
If Love Is Just A Game  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 403
 
Jambalaya  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12139
 
Jambalaya  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25032
 
Johnny Oh Polka Square  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25214
 
Last Farewell  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 404
 
Lovin' You  Singing Call, Kimbo 606
 
Mame  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Kimbo 610
 
Marianne  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Folkraft 1282
 
Marina  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12140
 
Marina  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12217
 
Marina  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25003
 
May The Circle Be Unbroken  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call -- with co-artist Skip Smith, Grenn 12137
 
New Square Dance Medley  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12161
 
Now Walk The Line  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12130
 
Oblah Di Oblah Da  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12226
 
Oblah-di Oblah-da  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12145
 
Oblah-Di Oblah-Da  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25198
 
Oh Johnny  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12127
 
Real Madrid  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 400
 
Roamin' In The Gloamin'  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Top 25095
 
Round And Round  Singing Call, Grenn 12216
 
Round And Round  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25200
 
Shake Shake  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25071
 
Si Senor  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12134
 
Sloop John B  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12132
 
Sloop John B  (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12228
 
Something About You Baby  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 405
 
Spanish Cavaliero  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Folkraft 1280
 
Sugar Blues  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 408
 
Swanee River  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12222
 
Swanee River  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25107
 
Sweetheart Of Venezuela  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12225
 
Sweetheart Of Venezuela  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25109
 
Sylvia's Mother  (comments) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12238
 
Sylvia's Mother  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12144
 
Tweedle Dee  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Top 25132
 
Walk Right In  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Kimbo 608
 
Wheels Q  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, Top 25075
 
Wild About Honey  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, EZ Square Records 402
 
Wolverton Mountain  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12185
 
Wolverton Mountain  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 25216
 
Woman In Love  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12128
 
Woman In Love  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Top 25016
 
Yankee Doodle Dandy  (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12156

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