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  1. RIV 242 - Fur Elise (Patter)
  2. RIV 295 - Fuji Mountain Breakdown (Patter)
  3. RIV 347 - Ode To Joy
  4. RIV 243 - Fiesta (Patter)
  5. RIV 250 - YMCA
  6. RIV 308 - Sonora (Patter)
  7. RIV 322 - Riverboat Hustle (Patter)
  8. RIV 318 - Riverboat Swing (Patter)
  9. RIV 251 - Mickey Mouse
  10. RIV 292 - On Que (Patter)
  1. RIV 805 - Queen Of The Dance (Patter)
  2. RIV 816 - Dreamy Disco (Patter)
  3. RIV 679 - Volcano
  4. RIV 789 - Mighty Mouse (Patter)
  5. RIV 662 - Downtown Patter
  6. RIV 529 - Lord Of Dance (Patter)
  7. RIV 675 - Dancing Queen
  8. RIV 779 - Tango Burlesque (Patter)
  9. RIV 524 - You Raise Me Up
  10. RIV 737 - Lady Bugs (Patter)
  1. RIV 1015 - Lone Ranger (Patter)
  2. RIV 816 - Dreamy Disco (Patter)
  3. RIV 830 - Just Can't Wait (Patter)
  4. RIV 829 - Calendar Girl (Patter)
  5. RIV 805 - Queen Of The Dance (Patter)
  6. RIV 825 - Tonight Carmen's Coming Back Home
  7. RIV 828 - Together We Dance (Patter)
  8. RIV 774 - I Need A Hero
  9. RIV 789 - Mighty Mouse (Patter)
  10. RIV 820 - Mardi Gras (Patter)
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May Releases

Posted on Tuesday April 17, 2018

This time around, we have two brand-new songs from our Japanese friends, four songs from the classic Red Boot library, and three new patters:

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds!

New Female Versions

Posted on Wednesday April 04, 2018

We've just added female versions of two songs out of our existing catalog:

Besides the vocals, I Need A Hero also includes a music track pitched for the female vocalist. Medals For Mothers now has a split-track harmony, with music on one channel and the harmony vocals on the other, so you can mix it to your satisfaction.

Also -- Medals For Mothers is a great song for Mother's Day, which is coming up next month. The orignal music that Justin Russell recorded his vocal on is still good for guys, but ladies can try the female tracks as well!

April Releases

Posted on Friday March 23, 2018

Here come our April releases: 5 singing calls (mostly from the classic Red Boot library, but one is a Riverboat tune from pre-website days), and 3 new patters!

We've Got The Music was recorded by Roger Whittaker under the title "I Was Born." And, if you're looking for music for a movie night, You'll Never Know won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Original Song. (Sung by Alice Faye in "Hello Frisco Hello.")

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds! They'll have new music out in the next week or so.

New SPRING GOLD Mini-Package

Posted on Thursday March 08, 2018

Here's the third in our new series of smaller packages (and the second in 2018). We're calling it 2018 Spring Gold, and it features two patters and 6 singing calls for $40, or you can buy individual titles for $10 each:

These are now available on the Packages page at the Riverboat website!

March Releases

Posted on Tuesday February 27, 2018

We're a little late getting our March releases out. (Usually we like to get them out around the middle of the preceeding month, but we got sidetracked this time around!)

We have three new patters, and two singing calls from the classic Red Boot library:

(I never knew that the title to that last song was "Say You Love Me Again" -- I always thought it was "Rub It In!")

All of these are now available on the Riverboat website. Check them out -- and check back frequently, because we'll be releasing our next mini-package (2018 Spring Gold) in March!

About Riverboat Records

Riverboat Records was purchased in the 1980s by Bob Elling in the San Francisco Bay Area. His love of both square dancing and good music has driven his dedication to create the finest square dance music available. The early years produced several square dance records using top-notch musicians, including Phil Aaberg and Norton Buffalo.

Due to the priorities of raising a family, there was no new music produced for almost 20 years. Around 2005 Bob began to teach and call square dancing to local 3rd and 4th graders once a week. He loves teaching the kids and has a desire to use music that they could relate to.

A good friend and caller, Ken Bower, encouraged Bob to start recording square dance music again, and so he did. Ken then recorded the vocal for the first "new" recording on Riverboat, Misty.

Bob enjoys producing many types of songs and especially ones appropriate for grade schoolers. Some of his more popular songs for all ages include: Mickey Mouse, Oh Johnny Oh, Y.M.C.A., Heigh Ho, Funky Town, Best Years of Our Lives, Big Pig Jig, American Land, and On With the Show. Most of these recordings include alternate choreography that can be taught in just a few minutes to kids or adults. The kids have responded with amazing enthusiasm.

In addition, there has been a great deal of support from some of the best talent in the country to bring variety and more life to the music. These fun square dance tunes are fun for both kids and adults. Bob's dream is to have this music used in the classroom by school teachers all over the world.

Riverboat Records also has modern patter music with a great dance beat. The variety of music ranges from bluegrass to funky, so there's something for everyone.

In 2010, Riverboat introduced its Gold subscription series. For just $100, a package of 20 new hoedowns and singing calls is made available exclusively to subscribers. At the end of the year those titles enter the regular Riverboat catalog and a new package is made available to Gold subscribers.

Bob would like to acknowledge the help and support that he has received from Elmer Sheffield (ESP Records), Jack O'Leary (Silver Sounds), Michael Salacuse (Circle Left Recording), Bobby Kennedy, Carl Kaye, Tracy Brown, Rich Reel, and Lawrence Johnstone. He also wants to thank his wife, Lois, for her support in this endeavour that he loves so much.

Contact Us

Riverboat Records
c/o Bob Elling
16000 Marcella St.
San Leandro, CA 94578
510-278-8621
bob.elling@gmail.com

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