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 comment:

  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