Thanks to city slickers, there was a boom last week in country dances. Victor's square-dance album, Swing Your Partner ($3.25), had sold nearly 2,000 sets fortnight after publication. Columbia had followed with Square Dances ($2.50). Decca, which had already issued single square-dance discs, humped itself to get out albums. The strains of Hull's Victory, Portland Fancy, Buffalo Girl, Arkansaw Traveler were loud in the land.
Loosely, country dances include quadrilles, "running sets," reels or contra
(contry, hence country) dances, and even polkas and schottisches (including the five-step schottische, for virtuosos only).