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Earl Johnston 
 Square Dance Caller
Earl Johnston in Square Dance Hall Of Fame  hall-of-fame.squaredancehistory.org
 
ID: 236

Earl Johnston  

Earl started calling in the early 1950's while still in High School in Rockville, Connecticut. Along with Al Brundage, Earl started the Connecticut Callers Association and conducted caller schools and clinics in several states throughout the nation. Earl was instrumental in the formation of NECCA, the New England Council of Callers Association, and served as the first chairman of this organization. Earl was inducted into the Sets in Order American Square Dance Society Hall of Fame in 1970. He was a charter member of CALLERLAB and has served on its Board of Governors. CALLERLAB recognized his contributions to our activity by awarding Earl their most prestigious Milestone Award in 1993. Earl and Marion were inducted into the Square Dance Foundation of New England's Hall of Fame in 1995. Earl recorded on the Grenn record label, wrote articles for various publications and published a very successful caller note service. Earl retired from calling in 1992 and moved from Connecticut to Florida.
SIO's Article: The day of the square dance "specialist" may well be at hand, but still there are those who have reached the peaks in square dance calling who feel that a caller's versatility is one of his strongest assets. Our Cover Caller this month, Earl Johnston, Vernon, Connecticut, is an outstanding example of a triple threat man in the field of square dance leadership. His home club and class program comes first, and for the greatest part of the year you'll find Earl and his wife, Marion completely involved in their several clubs, in classes, and in the activities of their area callers and teachers association. Then, when the summer rolls around, the Johnstons move into phase two — travel calling. For many years the Johnston touch has insured delightfully successful dances across the United States, into Canada, Germany, England, France, etc. Phase three as Earl might describe it is the "frosting on the cake." The extras, such as making outstanding records on Grenn label. To say the least, when all three phases are coupled together they add up to an exceptionally busy existence. Putting back into square dancing a share of what he has derived, Earl spends much of his time in training new callers and assisting with the improvement program of others. Large numbers of aspiring callers attend his yearly sessions in the East, and these past few years his training ability has been felt as far as the West Coast. Because of the inspiration he has passed on to other callers, because of the unselfish time and efforts he has devoted to the dancer and caller activities in his home area, and because of his more than 20 years of activity in square dancing, the Sets in Order American Square Dance Society takes pride in welcoming him to the Square Dance Hall of Fame and adds the Gene Anthony portrait shown on the cover to the gallery of square dance "stars."

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Recordings by Earl Johnston:
Top    Windsor    Grenn    Wild West   
 
57 Chev.  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Wild West 1-43
 
After They've Seen Paree  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12149
 
Alabam  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12100
 
Alone Again Naturally  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12138
 
Auld Lang Syne  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12160
 
Auld Lang Syne  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12059
 
Banjo Picker  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12124
 
Banjo Pickers Ball  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12219
 
Clementine  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12076
 
Come On Over  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12096
 
Coney Island Washboard Gal  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12089
 
Dear World  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12112
 
Doodle-De-Doo  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12041
 
Every Little Rosebud  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12232
 
Every Rosebud  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12106
 
Flim Flam  (sample clip)  Patter, Wild West 2-07
 
Friendship  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12034
 
Gonna Boogie Tonight  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12151
 
Good Deal Lucille  (comments) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12162
 
Green River  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12133
 
Henry The Eighth  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12077
 
Java  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12121
 
Johnston's Rag  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12037
 
Keep Your Sunny Side Up  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12046
 
Kingston Town  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12033
 
Kingston Town  (comments) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12220
 
L. David Sloane  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12103
 
L.O.V.E.  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12117
 
Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12147
 
Mack Is Back  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12048
 
Mack Is Back  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12224
 
Mack Is Back / Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), Grenn 12014
 
Mack Is Back / Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), Grenn 12013
 
Mack The Knife  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12135
 
Makin' Whoopee  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12126
 
Mighty Mississippi  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12073
 
Pretty Maid (Pagan Love Song)  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12065
 
Ragtime Cowboy Joe  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12055
 
Remember Ol' Scollay Square  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12165
 
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12049
 
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer  (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12183
 
Shanty In Old Shantytown / Sioux City Sue  (sample clip) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), Windsor 7424
 
Side By Side / Sherbrooke  Patter (two vocals), Grenn 12023
 
Sing Along  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12136
 
Square Dance Blues  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12091
 
Square Dance Medley  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12129
 
Square Dance Medley / Sing Along Medley  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), Grenn 12159
 
Stairway To Paradise  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12064
 
That Old Bilbao Moon  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12040
 
There'll Be Some Changes  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12155
 
Winchester Cathedral  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12088
 
Wonderful Time (Evil Companions)  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12120
 
Wonderful Time (Evil Companions)  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Top 12120
 
You Alone  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12044
 
You Gotta Be Puttin' Me On  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Grenn 12101
 
You're Grand  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Grenn 12109

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