Benz Records [Champaign]

The Benz Record Company of Champaign, Illinois released primarily square dance singles (78s & 45s) starting in the late 1950's and into the early 1960's.  The label was owned in part by caller Ben Baldwin Jr. and appears to have been a subsidiary of the Marex-Benz Co., a mail-order square dance / western supply store based in Champaign (506½ W. Columbia).  Another address associated with both the label and the supply store:  Box 371, Champaign, Illinois.
1201Farmer Stultz And The MountaineersLucky Me (Instr.) / Lucky Me (caller: Ben Baldwin Jr.)1958
1202Farmer Stultz And His MountaineersSquarehoma (caller: Ben Baldwin Jr.) / Squarehoma (Instr.)1958
1203Farmer Stultz And His MountaineersFive Star Rag / Triumph Hoedown1958
1204Farmer Stultz And His MountaineersTennessee Dew Step (caller: Ben Baldwin Jr.) / Tennessee Dew Step (Instr.)1959
1205Farmer Stultz And His MountaineersBrand New Clementine (caller: Dick Mattson) / Brand New Clementine (Instr.)1960
1206Ben Baldwin Jr.Smiles (vocal) / Smiles (Instr.)1960
1207Arkansas TravelersArkansas Mountain Rag / Travelers Boogie1961
1208Arkansas TravelersWhadausay (caller: Ben Baldwin Jr.) / Whadausay (Instr.)1961
1209The Sod BustersCecilia Mixer / Lonesome Waltz1961
1210The Sod BustersThat Old Gal Of Mine (caller: Lee Sturgis) / That Old Gal Of Mine (Instr.)1961
1211Arkansas TravelersWooden Heart (caller: Ben Baldwin Jr.) / Wooden Heart (Instr.)1961
1212Lee SturgisSlow Boat / Amy And Me1962
1213 / 1214?Are You From Dixie (caller: Ben Baldwin Jr.) / Are You From Dixie (Instr.)1962
1215?Loose Goose / Randy Lynn Rag1962
P4KM-8456The Rock-A-BeatsBreak Through / French Fries1963



  1. This is my Uncle Ben he was from what I remember part owner of the record company and the western wear store. I have quite a few of the records where he was the caller. Summers spent visiting he taught me to square dance when I was probably 3-4 years old. I remember he had a small studio in his basement and would press new records there and record new ones also. Clbaldwin1966@gmail

  2. My father was Ben Baldwin Jr. He was partners with Rex and Mary Hall in the Marex-Benz company in Champaign, Illinois. They sold western wear and square dance clothing and square dance records. My fathers Benz label featured many of his recordings. He was an excellent artist and created the graphics on the record label.