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Guitar legend Huey Long dies at 105 (last of the Decca Ink Spots...)
KHOU 11 ^ | Thursday, June 11, 2009 | no byline

Posted on 06/11/2009 11:52:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise

Guitar legend Huey Long, the last surviving member of the original Ink Spots, died June 10 in Houston at the age of 105.

Long was born in Sealy, Texas.

He worked various jobs in the Houston area until he got his big break playing banjo in the Frank Davis Louisiana Jazz Band.

In 1936, Bill Kenny, the leader of the Ink Spots, talked Long into leaving the jazz trio joining the Ink Spots.

...He moved back to Houston in the 90s, having written and arranged more than 80 songs.

Long is survived by his daughter, Houston resident Anita Long, and two sons who live in California.

Anita Long set up an Ink Spots museum in Houston, honoring her dad’s achievements.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

(Excerpt) Read more at khou.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 2009obituaries; americana; houston; inkspots; jazz; koreanwar; music; obituary; texas; uso
http://www.inkspotsmuseum.com/


1 posted on 06/11/2009 11:52:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

He was much better than that other Huey Long.


2 posted on 06/11/2009 11:53:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: a fool in paradise

Long is survived by his daughter, Houston resident Anita Long, and two sons who live in California.

Prayers to the family during this time of grieving. It sucks to lose a parent no matter the age. I know someone that lost her mother when the daughter was 75 years old and she said, “It hurt everyday”.


3 posted on 06/11/2009 11:55:22 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: dfwgator

I was confused there for a minute.

RIP for them both.


4 posted on 06/11/2009 11:55:53 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: a fool in paradise

did he leave his manstep down?


5 posted on 06/11/2009 11:56:54 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: bgill

Too cool, 105! God bless The Long family.


6 posted on 06/11/2009 11:57:30 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

from the All Music biography by Eugene Chadbourne:

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:gjfexq8jldse

By the mid-’20s he was featured on such in Frank Davis’ Louisiana Jazz Band and Dee Johnson’s Merrymakers. Long moved to Chicago in 1926, beginning a freelance period in which he was involved with a long list of bandleaders, Willie Hightower and Mack Swain among them. Chicago was one musical scene in which a heavier rhythm section sound dictated a switch from banjo to guitar.

Long’s recordings follow this pattern from the early ‘30s, continuing in the ensuing decade with better-known leaders such as Fletcher Henderson and Earl Hines. His company in the Hines outfit included some of the jazz genre’s most noted dignitaries, including Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. He was also involved with musicians who were more interested in rocking than swinging, playing in 1933 with Jesse Stone, who would later write the hit “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” Mastering these diverse influences and polishing his formal musical skills, Long by the end of the decade was assistant arranger and conductor for concert bands as well as swing big bands.

He had his own three-piece combo together in 1944, enjoying a long residency at the Three Deuces Cafe on 52nd Street in New York City. This was where he was approached by Bill Kenny, on the prowl for a guitarist to replace Charlie Fuqua in the Ink Spots. Actually, since it was the Ink Spots, the history is actually a bit more complicated...


7 posted on 06/11/2009 11:58:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I don’t want to set the world on fire,
I just want to start,
A flame in your heart.

In my heart I have but one desire,
And that one is you,
No other will do.

I’ve lost all ambition, for worldly acclaim,
You’re the only one I’m thinking of,
And on your admission, that you feel the same,
..........

“FALLOUT 3”, 2008


8 posted on 06/11/2009 11:59:34 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Too sick for words!)
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To: napscoordinator

I remember being with someone who was in her late fifties when her mom and dad both died. She said, “That makes me an orphan!” Didn’t understand it then, now that I’m in my fifties, I think I do.


9 posted on 06/11/2009 11:59:39 AM PDT by knittnmom (O Administration: there's just no there, there)
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To: gathersnomoss

He also went to the Korean War with the USO to entertain the troops. His birthday was celebrated locally annually by Korean War veterans who recognized his contribution.


10 posted on 06/11/2009 12:00:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: gathersnomoss

Ink Spots group were all black performers, big stars of records, radio and films. Number one hit was If I Didnt Care. Thought Police would not let them use that Ink Spots group name today!


11 posted on 06/11/2009 12:05:34 PM PDT by mono
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To: knittnmom

Yep. I have heard people say that too. Frightening to even fathom.


12 posted on 06/11/2009 12:07:28 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: a fool in paradise

This is not meant to hijack this thread, but for what it’s worth I can think of no bigger, America-hating leftist operating on fringes of popular music than Eugene Chadbourne.


13 posted on 06/11/2009 12:11:15 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Will somebody make me a damn waffle?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Every man a king! (Obama reincarnated)
14 posted on 06/11/2009 12:12:52 PM PDT by meandog (Doh!)
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To: gathersnomoss

He lived a long life


15 posted on 06/11/2009 12:16:49 PM PDT by xp38
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To: GSWarrior

He resides on the fringes of unpopular Americana music.

And the Chumbawumba anarchists hate America more and yet were THE go to band for movie music one year with Tubthumpin’.


16 posted on 06/11/2009 12:19:36 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Sounds like you know who he is. He may be an accomplished picker but the stuff I’ve heard is pretty much unlistenable. He sure is prolific, however.


17 posted on 06/11/2009 12:24:23 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Will somebody make me a damn waffle?)
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To: GSWarrior

And I agree that he is a sour liberal. But it isn’t evident in all of his songs.

And his biography didn’t hurl Huey Long into the Ink Spots 8 years earlier (like KHOUs).


18 posted on 06/11/2009 12:36:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: a fool in paradise

There is a band from Madison, WI called Noahjohn that I like a lot. They did this album with Chadbourne. It's pretty good. Some interesting cover songs.

19 posted on 06/11/2009 12:48:05 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Will somebody make me a damn waffle?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Another talented musician, taken from us far too early.


20 posted on 06/11/2009 12:52:52 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: a fool in paradise

The Ink Spots were great! Thanks for posting this.


21 posted on 06/11/2009 12:54:11 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: a fool in paradise

The Ink Spots museum is on 20th, close to Yale.

Driven by many times, never been inside. Outside is a picture of the original group, looking spiffy.


22 posted on 06/11/2009 2:11:16 PM PDT by jimt
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To: a fool in paradise

On many First Saturday in the Heights...I have shared an ice cream with him from Cricket’s Cafe.

Rest in peace Mr. Long...you were and always have been a mighty fine gentleman and you spoke so proudly of your family and freinds..

I was lucky to meet and chat with this fellow.


23 posted on 06/11/2009 6:06:25 PM PDT by antivenom (The messiah turning worthless mortgages into redeemable assets (like water into wine)...)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

The Sounds of American Life and Legend Are Tapped
for the Seventh Annual National Recording Registry
Library of Congress | June 9, 2009 | no byline
Posted on 06/11/2009 10:38:59 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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24 posted on 06/11/2009 6:21:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: a fool in paradise

RIP.


25 posted on 06/12/2009 1:23:07 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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