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Jack Murtha 
Square Dance Caller
 
ID: 103

Jack Murtha  

Having received a Doctorate that led to a career in recreation, Jack Murtha was involved in square dancing since college — almost half a century. He introduced the activity to many thousands of men and women, boys and girls in the northern part of California. The original Director of Woodleaf Outdoor School, Jack was deeply involved in the education of children and developed a Square Dance Teaching Program for elementary schools. In an attempt to reach out to even more people, Jack developed the Diamond System, a series of records and written instructions, which made it possible for other callers and dancers to enjoy the hobby. This system is in use in many places around the world today. For over ten years, Jack and Thelma flew to China to teach the Chinese dance leaders to dance, teach and call American square dances. The Murthas played a major role in bringing a group of the China dance leaders to America where they attended the Callerlab Convention in Los Angeles. Jack attended all the Callerlab Conventions and over the years he served on a number of important committees and was chairman of several. He received the Chairman's Recognition Award for his dedicated service to the organization and to the square dance activity. For many years Jack maintained an archives of square dancing, recording the backgrounds and experiences of many of the activities' leaders. Jack passed away in July 1999 and was posthumously awarded Callerlab's highest honor, the Milestone Award, in 2001.

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Recordings by Jack Murtha:
Square Dancetime   
 
Always  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 10
 
Arms Turns / Split The Opposite / Friends Quadrille / Gonna Build A Mountain  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, Square Dancetime 505
 
Bingo / Oh Johnny / Patty Cake Polka  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, Square Dancetime 503
 
Diamond Hoedown  (sample clip)  Patter, Square Dancetime 11
 
Elvira / Promenade Time / Happy Song / Star Time  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, Square Dancetime 502
 
First Steps: Childrens' Polka / Skip To My Lou / Round And Round The Village  (sample clip)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 1002
 
First Steps: Shoemaker / Bluebird / Tin Soldier  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 1001
 
Friendship Ring / Easy Achy Breaky / Chasin' Rainbows  Mixer, Square Dancetime 510
 
Gordo's Quadrille  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, Square Dancetime 2
 
Grand Square Six Quadrille  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, Square Dancetime 9
 
Happy Song  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 1
 
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 3
 
Nine Pin Square  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 507
 
Quarter Chain Quadrille  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Contra, Square Dancetime 6
 
Stand By Me  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 12
 
Venus  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 8
 
Virginia Reel  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 506
 
Western Quadrille  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, Square Dancetime 4
 
When You And I Were Young Maggie  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 5
 
When You're Smiling  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 7
 
Ya' All Come  Singing Call, Square Dancetime 504

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