Huey Long (singer)
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April 25, 1904|
Sealy, Texas, USA
|Died||June 10, 2009
Houston, Texas, USA
|Associated acts||The Ink Spots|
Born in Sealy, Texas, Long began his musical career in 1925 playing banjo for Frank Davis' Louisiana Jazz Band, based in Houston. He switched from the banjo to the guitar after moving to Chicago, where he appeared at the 1933 World's Fair with Texas Guinan's Cuban Orchestra.
In 1945, Ink Spots leader Bill Kenny offered Long a position with the group to temporarily replace Ink Spots Guitarist Charlie Fuqua who was drafted. Long stayed with the original Ink Spots until October 1945 when Fuqua returned from the Army. Long eventually moved to New York City, where he taught and wrote music. He later joined or led various Ink Spots spinoff groups.
In later life he retired to Houston, where his daughter Anita set up a homey museum commemorating the Ink Spots and dedicated to Long in particular.
Long died in his Houston home at the age of 105 in June 2009.
At about age 102 Mr. Long acquired a girl friend. Her name was Velma Jackson. Velma was 92. Velma had previously played the piano on a radio program in nearby Galveston. Velma and Mr. Long were introduced by a mutual caregiver Marcelle Young who took Velma to Mr. Long's house in Houston where they jammed together, Velma on the piano and Mr. Long on the guitar. Velma died in 2008 at age 94.
- Scott Jackson, Velma's son, and Marcelle Young, Velma's caregiver
- Biography from Venus Hair
- Article from the Houston Chronicle
- Article by Bill Proctor
- Fox News obituary
- Ink Spot Museum