Thursday, November 1, 2012

Barn Dances

Another "Oldie but a Goodie".  This one is also from 1952.  
This one is "Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes" sung by Skeets McDonald.  The song was actually written by Slim Willet (Don't 'cha just love these names?)

I don't know what it is about these old songs, they are just so darn fun to listen to! They make me wanna get up and dance....
in an old hall, in some little country town...
or maybe in a barn!
My Grandma always talked about the barn dances she attended when she was a teenager and later in her 20s.  A relative of hers had a large barn and held dances there on occasion.
If I were to go to a barn dance....
I'd wear dancin' shoes and a dress like this one I found on Etsy, too small for me of course (Boo Hoo).
I'm doing my best to find out a little bit more about barn dances online, but can't seem to find much about them.  May have to spend an hour or two in the library this weekend in the Heritage Room looking for little articles and such on barn dances. 

Here are some things I did find....
There was a radio program in the 1920s called "Barn Dance"   Here is what Wikipedia had to say about it....
"WLS in Chicago is credited with developing the “barn dance” radio format, which was in large part responsible for the advent of country music in the United States. The "National Barn Dance" began as a program of old-time fiddling on April 19, 1924, with George D. Hay as the show's host and announcer. A year-and-a-half later, Hay moved to Nashville, Tennessee and brought in an old-time fiddler to launch the WSM Barn Dance; this show is now known as the Grand Ole Opry and remains on the air to this day.
National Barn Dance
Here's an old Gene Autry movie called The Old Barn Dance.  I haven't seen it yet but it is available to rent for 7 whole days on Amazon Prime.  (Don't 'cha just love technology sometimes!).  Might rent it sometime just to hear the music.
The Old Barn Dance link to IMBD  Read all about it!

And here is a TV program that ran from July to September 1953 called Old American Barn Dance.  It's about as county as a blue ribbon jar of pickles at the county fair!  Yee-Haw!  There are a whole mess of 'em on youtube if you like 'em.

And in keeping with our barn dance theme...there are even a couple of children's books about barn dances!
Barn Dance!  by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Illustrated by Ted Rand.  And it's still available on

And Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
What a hoot!

'Til another day!
Have a great day, ya'll!

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