Marvin Shilling Calling

Schroeder's Playboys on Western Jubilee (1951-1956) $15.00:

  1. Sally Goodin' 2:44
  2. Arkansas Traveler 3:59
  3. Star Hash 4:10
  4. Crawdad Square 3:39
  5. Trinidad Twister 3:32
  6. Wright's Star 3:22
  7. Out You Go 3:55
  8. Allemande Breaks 3:38
  9. Sunflower Square 2:46
  10. Sunflower Square Instrumental 2:57
  11. El Paso Star 3:48
  12. Four Gents Star 3:45
  13. La Veta Star 3:11
  14. Lowdown Hoedown 3:12
  15. Wheelbarrow 3:34
  16. Allemande Breaks 2 3:35
  17. Allemande Breaks 3 3:56
  18. Steppin' High 3:39

Total time 64:07

Artists:

570A Sally Goodin' [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

570B Arkansas Traveler [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

571A Star Hash [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

571B Crawdad Square [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

572A Trinidad Twister [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

572B Wright's Star [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

573A Out You Go [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

573B Allemande Breaks [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

574A Sunflower Square [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

574B Sunflower Square instrumental [Schroeder's Playboys: Walter Noble (fiddle), John Schroeder (guitar), Jerry Jacka (accordion), Tony Cordasco (bass)]

575A El Paso Star [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

575B Four Gents Star [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

576A La Veta Star [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

576B Lowdown Hoedown [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

577A Wheelbarrow [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

577B Allemande Breaks #2 [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

578A Allemande Breaks #3 [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

578B Steppin' High [Marvin Shilling, Schroeder's Playboys: Players not listed]

579A/B is missing from our collection. This could be a Marvin Shilling recording (unknown).

Marvin Shilling, a caller from Trinidad, Colorado, was a good traditional-style western square dance caller who used modern figures for his time. His voice was a moderate or mid-range tenor voice which carried well and he used patter and his word-choice to emphasize the beat of the music. However, he did not call to the phrase and listening to his calls is a good way to understand how the western caller kept the music involved in the dance but didn’t let it completely carry the actions of the dancers. Marvin pitched his voice for most of the dancing to allow his voice to become another member of the band.

Marvin traveled with his calling and was well-known in the southern Colorado area. It is very likely that he knew not only Lloyd Shaw but Herb Greggerson and that he was influenced by both. Herb was from El Paso, Texas, later from Ruidoso, New Mexico, and Lloyd Shaw was from Colorado Springs. Marvin influenced a whole generation of callers who grew up within the Colorado and southwest region.

Marvin is known to have flown his own airplane and, in fact, died in an airplane crash in which he was the pilot. On 25 Jan 1962, he was killed on a flight to a dance in Nebraska. A notice of his death appeared in Sets In Order Magazine, Mar 1962, p 10.

Go Back