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Fenton Jones 
 Square Dance Caller
Fenton Jones in Square Dance Hall Of Fame  hall-of-fame.squaredancehistory.org
 
ID: 478

Fenton Jones  

Fenton "Jonesy" Jones started his calling in Southern California in the early 1940s. He had the stereotypical look and sound of a square dance caller and this gained him notoriety on several films made by Fox, Columbia and Monogram, and in television shows by General Electric's Halls of Ivy, Bonanza, Warner Brothers, and MGM. Among the first to make square dance recordings, Jonesy initially appeared on the Black and White label in 1946, and since called for Imperial, Capital, MGM and Mastertone records, as well as many years on the C.P. MacGregor label. A member of the Square Dance Hall of Fame, Jonesy was honored with Callerlab's most prestigious Milestone award in 1975.
SIO's Article: TO US THERE IS ONE MAN who seems to personify completely the American square dance caller of today; that individual is California born, easy talking, good natured and comfortable, Fenton Jones.

Probably no man ever born with the last name of Jones ever escaped being called "Jonesy" but somehow in this case the nickname is a perfect fit.

Jonesy was the first genuine, no foolin', honest-to-goodness square dancing pro we ever met. Back in the war days (not Civil, son) we were scrounging around for new material" to replace the single working versions of Bird in the Cage and Grapevine Twist that had been worked to death. The few callers who were in our area at the time all told us: "If you want dances — go and see Jonesy."

That was back in the time when a new call was the personal property of the individual and no amount of sweet talk was about to part caller from his call.

We remember our first visit to one of the groups where Jonesy was calling and how, despite severe misgivings, we went up to him between tips and asked if he minded if we made occasional notes. (We didn't always ask permission but in this case it seem the proper thing to do.) "Heck," we remember him saying, "you don't have to make notes. Take my notebook and copy down what you need." We might mention right here that in those days before callers' association notes, square dance magazines, records or books, a caller's little black notebook was his richest possession. It has been said of some of the old timers that they would sooner leave their house unlocked, leave money out on the dresser or lose valuable papers than let that notebook of calls go unguarded for a single minute. Anyway, this act of generosity on the part of this fabulous person (who hardly knew us from Adam) has been a high point in our memory for many years.

Jonesy looks and sounds the way a caller "should." It's obvious that this is the opinion of quite a few motion picture directors and record producers who have seen to it that this western-appearing, relaxed-speaking individual has been featured in more movies, in more television performances and on more records than any other caller in the business. (He's been in Fox, Columbia and Monogram pictures, on the General Electric Theater, Halls of Ivy, Bonanza, Warner Bros. and MGM television shows and has recorded on the Black and White, Imperial, Capitol, MGM, Mastertone and C. P. MacGregor record labels.) Despite all of this Jonesy is without a doubt one of the best representatives of the true friendly spirit that we have in square dancing today.

The fact is that Jonesy wears well. A top notch caller 15 years ago, he's still on the top of the pile today, and chances are he'll be enjoyed in the true sense of the word for a long time to come.

What's the secret of such continual popularity? For one thing, he's just himself. Sincerely himself. As the trends of square dancing have changed he has wisely kept abreast of improvements but has also retained enough of the basic groundwork of the activity to remind folks that square dancing is not a fad. Square dancing is a great part of his life and no devotee of the activity has been more dedicated to its perpetuation.

Someone once gave Fenton a bit of advice which he's never forgotten. "Jonesy," this friend said, "if you want to become a successful caller never change the size of your hat band!" Jonesy never has.

We like to think that if there were enough Jonesy-type individuals around today — callers who saw the importance of the local square dance picture in classes and clubs in their own areas, and who were interested not so much in their own significance as they were in the continuance of the activity — that we would have a mighty good insurance policy on the future of American square dancing.

To Fenton "Jonesy" Jones then, our cover man for February, we dedicate this issue.

If you have any additional pertinent information about this person, please Contact Debbie.

Recordings by Fenton Jones:
MacGregor   
 
12th Street Rag  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 950
 
After They've Seen Paree  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 762
 
After They've Seen Paree / Whattayaknow  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), MacGregor 7615
 
Anytime  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1011
 
Avalon  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 910
 
Back To The Old Smokie Mountains  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1068
 
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8955
 
Blue Skies Square  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8795
 
Boomerang / Truck Stop Grill  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 7385
 
Bully Of The Town / Powder Your Face With Sunshine  (comments) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 742
 
Carolina  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 921
 
Casey Jones / Sweetest Gal In Town  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), MacGregor 8215
 
Casey Jones / Sweetest Gal In Town  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 8225
 
Chili Pep  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8895
 
Cuddle Up A Little Closer  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 900
 
Don't Leave Me Darling  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1081
 
Double Eagle Rag  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8775
 
Dream Train  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8875
 
Give My Regards To Broadway  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1057
 
Happy Days Are Here Again  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 937
 
Hawaiian Style  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 941
 
Hello My Baby  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1008
 
Home Sweet Home Square  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8915
 
Lamp Lighting Time  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 990
 
Loose Talk / Yellow Rose Of Texas  (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 7465
 
Love Letters  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 955
 
Monkey Business  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1097
 
Music, Music, Music / Rolling Along  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), MacGregor 8515
 
Music, Music, Music / Rolling Along  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 8525
 
My Baby  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 965
 
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8975
 
My Gal  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 973
 
Oh Johnny  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 2042
 
Old Grey Bonnet  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 998
 
Pretty Baby  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 977
 
Rockin' an Rollin' #9  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1043
 
Shanty Town  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8825
 
She's Teasin'  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 949
 
Smokey Square  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 995
 
Solomon Levi  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 2003
 
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place / Dixie Chain  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, MacGregor 7845
 
Somebody Loves You  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 984
 
Square Dancing Blues / Oklahoma Hills  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 8645
 
Sweet Sue  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 906
 
Sweet Susan Square / Way Out There  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 8605
 
Swing Your Blues Away  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 987
 
Swing Your Blues Away / Mr. Sandman  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals), MacGregor 731
 
Swing Your Honey  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 960
 
Swinging Kiss / Mama Look  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, MacGregor 8125
 
Texas Plains  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 8735
 
Texas Star  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 7355
 
There's A Rainbow Round Your Shoulder  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1024
 
Trixie's Special / Lookin' Back To See  (cue sheet)  Patter (two instrumentals), MacGregor 763
 
Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old 'Tucky Home / Highways Are Happy Ways  (comments) (cue sheet)  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 8185
 
Tweedle Dee / Twelfth Street Rag  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two instrumentals) -- with Red Warrick, MacGregor 7495
 
Virginia Reel (Haste To The Wedding)  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, MacGregor 7345
 
Watermelon Time / Darktown Strutters Ball  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 8465
 
When My Baby Smiles At Me / Teasin'  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 7505
 
When You And I Were Young, Maggie  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 914
 
When You Wore A Tulip  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 928
 
Where The River Shannon Flows  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, MacGregor 1018
 
Who  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, MacGregor 904
 
You Are My Sunshine / Shoo-Fly  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call (two vocals), MacGregor 8045

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