|Bill Green|| ||Square Dance Caller|| |
- Bill Green was born on January 10, 1925, and passed away January 6, 1993. Born in Salt Lake City, he and his wife Bonnie moved to Southern California after Bill got out of the Army. They had three kids, April, Robin and Chris. When Bill was in his early twenties, a small store was advertising for a caller for a square dance in front of their store to bring in customers. Bill thought he could figure it out, so he asked for the job, then went home and learned how to call a dance. He then started calling in the garage in Downey, CA in about 1952. He was the main caller for the Square Pegs & The Downey Hoedowners primarily in the early years, then went on to call for numerous clubs. Bill helped a couple of other callers (listening to their recordings & giving suggestions) in the late 50s and early 60s. He called routinely at Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, and on a regular basis at the La Mirada drive-in theater. He sang in a few movies, such as "Harvest Home"
starring Betty Davis, and "Charlie Cobb Nice Night for a Hanging" starring Clu Gulager. He was also a frequent guest singing to the residents of a Hollywood actors
retirement home. He retired at the age of 60 due to health issues. His son, Chris, notes "Growing up with a caller as a father was fun. He and my mother would take us three
kids to square dances often, and we would fall asleep under the head table, or watch from cover wagons at Knotts Berry Farm, and watch our mother, now living in Hacienda
Heights, CA dance away. He truly was a talented singer, as well as a very highly thought of caller. Everyone thought he looked like James Garner! He was so popular, we
thought he was a star!! He certainly was to us."