tangotime: I seem to remember some of your comments in the "original music WCS was danced to thread". I can think of a bunch of questions for you. Here's one. When you look at what was popular in LA at the time Laurie first wrote down a description of "Western Swing", there is no doubt in my mind that Western Swing as in Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, and Hillbilly Boogie by folks like The Maddox Brothers and Rose was by far the most popular music for dancing. When I listen to "Hillbilly Boogie" I hear early rock 'n' roll from the country side, ie, what we now call Rockabilly. Sonny Watson has written to me the Laurie told him in the 80s, that country had nothing to do with it. I wrote back to Sonny that, in the first place, Western Swing was a lot more jazz, and swing than it was country. It also occured to me, after listening to an interview with the Maddoxs, that there was no "country" music then. That label wasn't put on that music until much later. Did Laurie not want to go into this with Sonny? Was the country music of the 80s so very different than LA in the 40s and early 50s that she didn't want to get into it? Was the divorce between country and LA in the late 1950s after rock 'n' roll became predominate, and the rural folks from Oklahoma and other southwestern sates went city, or became a minority as other people moved to LA states become so final that she didn't want to go back? It doesn't make sense to me that Arthur Murray studios wer playing blues to teach Western Swing in the early 1950s. Music was pretty much the province of one racial group or another, largely by preference rather than overt racism, in my opinion. The promotion of "rock 'n' roll" changed that later on, of course. So, can you tell me what kind of music, and maybe some songs that Laurie would have used in the first part of the 50s to teach "Western Swing"? If you have time, it would be most helpful if you could progress through the decade, too. And the 60s, and the 70s for that matter. What music did you use when you taught in the different decades? Your comments will be most appreciated.