Doc Alumbaugh speaking to Al Brundage, 1957
Doc Alumbaugh, based in southern California, was one of the first traveling callers. In 1950, he founded Windsor Records, which became one of the foremost square dance record labels. (In addition to hiring excellent session musicians, Windsor introduced the idea of releasing a record with calls on one side and just the instrumental version on the other side.)
He and caller Al Brundage carried on a lively cross-country correspondence, with Alumbaugh recording his thoughts on tape and mailing them to Brundage. This half-hour 1957 recording offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the thinking of a key individual at the center of burgeoning world of square dance and square dance records.
Alumbaugh discusses the possibility of releasing Puttin' on the Style as the A side of a new Brundage recording, and putting Blue Eyes as the flip side. He also asks for Brundage's opinion about the appropriateness of a recording with an unusual beat, and muses on the success of Windsor's release of a square dance version of Honeycomb, piggybacking on the popular success that summer of the Jimmie Rodgers hit.