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Sibling Labels:1 WorldBee SharpBlue Star RetroBob CatBoganDance RanchE-Z School RhythmLorePetticoat PatterRockin' ASwinging Square
Owner:Buddy Weaver

It was in April, 1956 that Norm and Nadine Merrbach released BS 1501, "Blue Star Hoedown" and "New Broom", a two sided hoedown on 78 RPM vinyl. That was the first of what would be over 1000 records released on Blue Star Records, the largest and longest running square & round dance music company in the world, celebrating 50 years in production as of September 2006. Blue Star has enjoyed a variety of music such as the strong fiddle and bass sound provided by Earl Caruthers (a Texas Playboy with Bob Wills) under the name, "Earl and his Hoedowners"; the symphonic sound never before heard in square dancing provided by musicians under Dick Shannon, himself a symphony leader from Houston, playing under the title of "Shannonaires" and "Rhythmnaires"; home grown sounds by popular regional bands like the Fontana Ramblers, who played regularly at Fontana Dam in the Carolinas, Lee Mace's Ozark Opry Band from Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and playing as the Bayou Ramblers, a Houston band named Stellar Unit. Stellar Unit is the band on "I Found A New Baby", Blue Star's biggest selling record in the past two decades. Many big-name callers made their debut on Blue Star Records, such as Marshall Flippo in 1958 with "The Auctioneer", Bob Fisk in 1962 with "True Love", Jerry Helt in 1966 with "Cowboy's Sweetheart", Ken Bower in 1967 with "Happy" (Ken returned to Blue Star in 2003 with "Summertime"), Johnnie Wykoff in 1973 with "I Believe In Music", Wade Driver in 1974 with "Glory On My Mind", and Mike Sikorsky also in 1974 with "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold" (Mike returned in 2004 with "Swanee").

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Types of Records 

1Line (two-sided)
199Patter (two instrumentals)
32Round (two-sided)
1Sing-Along (two-sided)
798Singing Call
1Singing Call (instrumental) + Patter
1Singing Call (two vocals)

Recording Artists 

Recording Artist
# of recordings on
Blue StarAll Labels
John Aden (picture)127
Elmer & Pauline Alford21
Andy Allemao (picture)1220
Manny & Jackie Amor11
Andy Andrus5354
Pat Barbour (picture)126
Dick Bayer420
Nate Bliss (picture)4174
Ken Bower (picture)12134
Jimmy Brooks13
Jim Brower (picture)67
Ray & Pat Brown11
Al "Tex" Brownlee (picture)4143
Al Brundage (picture)748
Glynn Byrnns33
Deborah Carroll-Jones (picture)122
Nancy & Wimpy Carver23
Roger Chapman910
Ricky Chatwell (picture)20
Bill & Marie Clarke10
Mark Clausing (picture)10
Daryl Clendenin (picture)10
Opal & Joe Cohen10
Bill & Barbara Cooper20
Johnny Creel (picture)20
Curly Custer20
Frank & Jean Cutter10
David Davis (picture)20
Jerry Dews40
Harold & Myrtle Eicher10
Sherm & Thelma Ellis10
Buford Evans60
Sal Fanara (picture)170
Larry Faught (picture)100
Bob Fisk (picture)310
Marshall Flippo (picture)1400
Ted & Luella Floden10
Milt Floyd (picture)10
Max Forsyth (picture)10
Dot & Date Foster10
Ellis & Jess Gates10
Joe & Helen George10
Henry "Buzz" Glass (picture)10
Ben Goldberg (picture)20
John & Catherine Gradish10
Lem Gravelle (picture)160
Jerry Haag (picture)10
Horace Hall10
Jack Hays (picture)10
Chet Held10
Jerry Helt (picture)240
Eric Henerlau (picture)100
Ben & Vivian Highburger30
Mike Hogan (picture)50
Jimmy Holeman10
Ray Holt20
Stan & Dorothy House10
Ken Jefferies10
John Johnston30
Jon Jones (picture)30
Vernon Jones (picture)180
Shauna Kaaria (picture)10
Ralph Kinnane10
Ernie Kinney (picture)20
Frank & Ruth Lanning20
Arthur & Vee Leslie10
Mac Letson (picture)10
Jack Livingston (picture)20
Peggy & Gerry Mace10
James Martin (picture)20
Jack McCaslin10
Ken & Jean McCormick10
Mack McCoslin20
Clark & Ginger McDowell10
Gene McMullen10
Norman Merrbach (picture)40
Gordon Moss10
Nora & Archie Murrell10
Shozo Nishimura10
Tony Oxendine (picture)10
Vaughn Parrish (picture)180
Andy Petrere (picture)140
Charlie & Bettye Procter10
Wilber Rankin10
Bryce & Elner Reay10
Joe & Ann Roehling10
Al Rowland10
Bob Rust50
Joe Saltel (picture)20
Bill Saunders30
John Saunders (picture)10
Oscar & Fran Schwartz10
Mike Seastrom (picture)30
Elmer Sheffield, Jr. (picture)20
Gary Shoemake (picture)20
Mike Sikorsky (picture)20
Garland Smith (picture)20
Lem Smith120
Manning & Nita Smith (picture)20
Blue Star Staff10
Al Stevens (picture)20
Jerry Story (picture)40
Ray & Marge Stouffer10
Rocky Strickland (picture)90
Dave Taylor (picture)240
John Thompson (picture)10
Vincent & Bettye Thompson10
Bern & Marie Tueth10
Joe Turner20
Joe & Mildred Urban10
Dottie & Van Vanderwalker20
Chris Vear (picture)30
Kenny & Dolly Walker10
Buddy Weaver (picture)490
Tommy White10
Johnnie Wykoff (picture)1370
Larry Wylie40
Wayne & Norma Wylie30
Bob Yerington40
Glenn Zeno80
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