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Smoke On The Water, introduced by Ed Gilmore

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Smoke On The Water, introduced by Ed Gilmore

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During a morning workshop at the 1954 Minnesota State Convention Ed Gilmore introduces a "new" singing call written by his friend Pancho Baird.

Tony Parkes comments:
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It may have been new, but Ed had clearly studied it and made it his own; he changed some word metering, as he often did, to give the actual commands earlier and keep the dancers moving. He also added the term "box the gnat," which doesn't appear in Pancho's original - the move at the end of each chorus was originally "twirl her home," and Pancho didn't specify whether the turn back in the grand right and left was an allemande or a turn under.

Interesting that Ed was apparently unfamiliar with the song, which was a hit for Red Foley (of Salty Dog Rag fame) in 1944 - #1 on the folk charts and #7 on the pop charts . He was certainly well versed on popular music in general; he wrote singing calls to everything from "Lady Be Good" to "She Wears Red Feathers."

Ed was certainly prescient when he said, "I think that little old dance will stick around a long time."
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Eric Clamons Tape Collection, University of New Hampshire

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7:23

Item Relations

This Item is related to Item: Ed Gilmore interview, 1961
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