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Joe Lewis 
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Joe Lewis in Square Dance Hall Of Fame  hall-of-fame.squaredancehistory.org
 
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Joe Lewis  

Joe Lewis and his wife, Claire, became a part of square dancing in the mid-1940s. Joe and Claire built their own square dance hall in Dallas, TX and maintained a successful home club and class program. Each year Joe would travel to about 35 states and Canadian provinces with his unique style and upbeat delivery. In the 1950s, he was invited to come to Australia a number of times. Joe got a recording contract with Intro Records, and eventually started his own label, J-Bar-L. He recorded about seventy numbers and wrote many classic favorites like Jellybean and Alabama Jubilee. Joe was a founding member of Callerlab and a member of its Board of Governors. In 1961 he was inducted into the Square Dance Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the North Texas Callers Association. In 1975 he was honored with the Callerlab Milestone award. Joe passed away December 11, 1992.
SIO's Article: SETS IN ORDER makes its salute this month to Dallas caller, Joe Lewis. Few callers active today have influenced more dancers and callers than the man who is featured on our cover this issue. One of the first to introduce a complete departure from the traditional type of calling, Joe combined the sounds associated with popular styles of singing together with clear, descriptive square dance calls and in this way provided an appeal to so many who had steered clear of the traditional sounds of square dancing. Joe's salesmanship was most effective for he did not change the basic ideas of square dancing, but just presented it in a way that was more understandable to a greater number of people. That he was successful could rapidly be attested to by the great number of callers who have been influenced by his calling style. An entire nation of square dancers — Australia — took its first square dancing instruction from Joe Lewis a number of years ago. In Canada, throughout the United States, in hundreds of square dancing communities and in square dancing camps from the Pacific to the Atlantic coastlines, folks have developed a strong feeling of gratitude toward Joe, to the dances he has written and to his calling style which seems destined towards many years of popularity. It is for these reasons and for our personal pleasure in knowing him and his gracious Claire that we dedicate this issue of Sets in Order to Joe Lewis.

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Recordings by Joe Lewis:
Scope    Kalox    J-Bar-L   
 
At Two To Two To-day / Zippidy Hoedown  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Patter (two vocals), J-Bar-L 4123
 
At Two To Two Today  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5005
 
Don't Call Me Sweetie  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5004
 
Don't Sweetheart Me  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Scope 504
 
Fond Affection  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5008
 
Fond Affection / Swing Miss Dolly  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Patter (two instrumentals), J-Bar-L 4132
 
Fond Affection / Turn Back Miss Dixie  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), J-Bar-L 4125
 
Hazel Eyes  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 4126
 
Hazel Eyes  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, J-Bar-L 4119
 
Hello Love  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Kalox 1209
 
I'll Always Thank You For The Sunshine / Cheatums Fiddle  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (instrumental) + Patter, J-Bar-L 4120
 
I'll Always Thank You For The Sunshine / Witch Doctor  (sample clip)  Singing Call (two vocals), J-Bar-L 4115
 
Jelly Bean  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5003
 
Jelly Bean / Outlaws Hoedown  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 106
 
Jessie Polka  Singing Call, Intro Records 7005
 
Let Me Call You Sweetheart  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5009
 
Linda Sue / Outlaws Quickstep  (cue sheet)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), J-Bar-L 112
 
Rambling Rose  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5002
 
Rambling Rose / Too Young To Marry  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), J-Bar-L 111
 
Rambling Rose / Too Young To Marry  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), J-Bar-L 116
 
Robert E. Lee  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5007
 
Rockin The Polka  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5001
 
Saturday Night  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, J-Bar-L 5006
 
Say! Good Lookin' / Square Dance Polka  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), J-Bar-L 110
 
Silver Dollar / Eighth Of January  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), J-Bar-L 4128
 
Silver Dollar / Well Now Flotsam  (sample clip)  Singing Call (two vocals), J-Bar-L 4121
 
Smile Away Each Rainy Day  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Kalox 1182
 
Teasing / It's A Funny Twirl  (comments)  Patter (two vocals), J-Bar-L 5010
 
Walking My Baby Back Home / Alabama Jubilee  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), J-Bar-L 4124
 
Walking My Baby Back Home / Alabama Jubilee  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), J-Bar-L 4117

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