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Les Gotcher 
 Square Dance Caller
Les Gotcher in Square Dance Hall Of Fame  hall-of-fame.squaredancehistory.org
 
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Les Gotcher  

Les was one of the first to visualize the challenges of Square Dancing, he surprised the Square Dance world by combining the basics, a forerunner of much of the sight calling and position dancing of today. As an author of many texts on calling, Les became a model for countless young callers coming into the activity. His manual "Les Gotcher On Sight Calling" captures the fundamentals that every caller should know.
SIO's article: FEW CONTEMPORARY CALLERS have left their mark so indelibly engraved in the shaping of today's square dance picture than the latest caller to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Les Gotcher, who today lives in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he presently calls for three beginner classes, had his baptism in square dance calling in 1916 at the tender age of eleven, for which he received the princely sum of twenty-five cents. As one of the nation's most colorful callers, Les moved to Hollywood from South Central Texas and became associated with the motion picture industry, calling for a number of Hollywood films including "Night Train to Memphis" with Roy Acuff in 1939, followed closely by "Square Dance Jubilee," then two of the John Wayne classics, and "Copper Canyon," "House by the River," "East Side West Side," "The Duchess of Idaho," and others. In addition, Les conducted regular club dances at the famed Beverly Hills Hotel which attracted such movie greats as Andy Devine, Ronald Coleman, Lloyd Nolan and Caesar Romero. One of the first to visualize the possibilities of the many challenges of square dancing, Les "surprised" the square dance world by combining the basics or "hashing the breaks," a forerunner of much of the sight calling and position dancing of today. His innovations soon received nationwide attention and Les became one of the foremost traveling callers in North America. Few callers today have a record that can surpass Gotcher's miles-traveled-per-year in doing one-night stands, callers' clinics and workshops. As originator and editor of an internationally circulated magazine, "Squares 'n Rounds," and as author of many texts on calling, including "The American Square Dance," "Callers' and Teachers' Manual," "Hashin' the Breaks" and others, Les became a model for countless young callers coming into the activity. Among the first to record, Les' records on Capital and MacGregor labels are still models of excellence. His own Black Mountain label poured many dozens of patter call discs into the activity during the 1950s and 60s. Now retired and devoting his time to fishing and teaching, Les and his wife, Winnie, who recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary, look back on many happy years devoted to square dancing. It is because of his tireless energies and his many contributions to this activity that we join with square dancers around the world in saluting Les Gotcher, an honored member of the Square Dance Hall of Fame.

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Recordings by Les Gotcher:
MacGregor    Square 'N Round    Black Mountain   
 
Acey-Ducey / Hesitate  (sample clip)  Singing Call (two vocals), Square 'N Round 515
 
Back Trackin' / Roll Back  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 525
 
Bend The Ends / Star-Twirl Wind  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 502
 
Cage The Bird / Heel And Toe Polka  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 2-4
 
Cast The Big Ones (May Not Work) / Roll The Hoop  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 544
 
Chain Reaction / Island Chain  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 521
 
Clover Leaf / Running Deal  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 523
 
Couple Up Acey / Swing & Twirl  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 535
 
Crawdad Square / Cindy Lou  Singing Call (two vocals), Black Mountain 114
 
Criss-Cross Swing / Slide It Man  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 557
 
Cross Run / Slip and Anything  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 540
 
Cross-Trail "U" Turn In / If You Wanta'  (sample clip)  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 542
 
Curlique / Star Twirl  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 500
 
Dive For The Oyster / Rye Waltz  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 2-1
 
Divide To A Line / Centers Out  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 507
 
Dixie Daisy / Slide The Wave  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 558
 
Dixie Spin / Wavin' Eight  (cue sheet)  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 553
 
Dixie Turn Thru / This And That  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 560
 
Double Arky Swivet / A Cross Trail Congo Style (Gross Trail)  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 547
 
Double Trouble / Wheel & Merge  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 546
 
Explode The Line / Tea-Cup Hash  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 527
 
Fold Back / Curli-Sub  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 505
 
Folding Backs / Duck Soup  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 508
 
Hash 'N Breaks #2 / Rollaway Star  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 126
 
Hash 'N Breaks #3 / Do Paso What  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 128
 
Hash 'N Breaks #4 / Middle Of The Mound  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 131
 
Hash 'N Breaks #5 / Little Wonder  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 137
 
Hash 'N Breaks #6 / Tapiwingo Twister  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 152
 
Hash 'N Breaks #7 / Star Route  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 158
 
Hash 'N Breaks #8 / Hashin' Up The Cross-Trails  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 162
 
Hash 'N Breaks #9 / Allemande Pass-Thru  Patter (two instrumentals), Black Mountain 168
 
Hashin' The Breaks #10 / Little Red Hen  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 171
 
Hashin' The Breaks #11 / Wrappin' It Up  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 172
 
Hashin' Up The Teacup Gizmo  Patter, Black Mountain 159
 
Hot Time In The Old Town / Swing Ol' Adam, Swing Ol' Eve  Singing Call (vocal) + Patter, MacGregor 1-4
 
Hurricane / Chain The Line  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 130
 
Lady Round The Lady / Inside Arch, Outside Under  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 1-2
 
Load The Boat / Gimmicks  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 556
 
Make Love Around The Square  Singing Call, Black Mountain 149
 
No Help Wanted  Singing Call, Black Mountain 148
 
Outers Are In / Trade Thru  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 551
 
Pair Thru / Wave The Star  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 543
 
Partner Trade / Pass The Clover  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 555
 
Reno Cross / Rollaway Hash  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 106
 
Roll Thru / Wrap Around  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 509
 
Rotary Chain / Slide Thru Hash  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 550
 
Rotary Tea-Cup Chain / Hashin' It Up  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 559
 
Run Man Run / Running Iron  (sample clip)  Singing Call (two vocals), Square 'N Round 522
 
Sally Gooden / Swing In The Center, Swing On The Sides  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 2-2
 
Shuffle And Wheel / Fold The Curls  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 506
 
Shuffle Star / Twirl Back  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 541
 
Slide And Swing / The High Priced Spread  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 538
 
Slip And Wheel / Centers Thru-Close The Gate  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 533
 
Spin The Wheel / Lines Star Thru  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 511
 
Spin Thru / Swap & Trade  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 548
 
Spread The Wheel / Outers In  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 531
 
Stack The Wheel / All Four Couples Workshop  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 501
 
Swap Around / Ocean Chain  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 537
 
Swing & Trade #1 / Swing & Trade #2  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 552
 
Swing Back Star Thru / Cracked Tea-Cup  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 539
 
Swing Star Thru / Crazy Things  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 528
 
Take A Peek / Right Hand Over, Left Hand Under  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 1-3
 
Tea-Cup Hash / Arky Tea-Cup  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, Black Mountain 204
 
Texas Star / I'll Swing Yours And You'll Swing Mine  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 1-1
 
That Old Gang Of Mine  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Black Mountain 203
 
Trade Winds / Let's Make A Deal  (sample clip)  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 545
 
Travel Thru / Loopy - Loopy - Loop  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 532
 
Triple Centers In / High In The Clover  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 524
 
Triple Wheel Make A Figure 8 / Split Tea-Cup Chain  Patter (two vocals), Square 'N Round 510
 
U Turn In / Lines Star-Twirl  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 503
 
Varsouvienna / Schottische  Patter (two vocals), MacGregor 2-3
 
Wave The Star / Ole' Busters Once & Half  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 549
 
Wheeling Thar / Hashin' The Breaks  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 101
 
Whirlpool Square / Tunnel Through  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 108
 
Who's On First / Form A "T"  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 554
 
Yankee Twirl / Chain Thru  (comments) (cue sheet)  Patter (two instrumentals), Square 'N Round 504
 
Yo Yo / Split Your Sides  Patter (two vocals), Black Mountain 109

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