Johnny Long

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2 August 1915, North Carolina, USA, d. 31 October 1972, Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. A talented left-handed violinist, Long established his 11-piece orchestra at the Duke University campus in 1932. Originally titled ‘the Freshmen’, upon graduation the same line-up remained intact and entered the professional world in 1935. Their vocalists included Paul Harman, Helen Young, Bob Houston, Julie Wilson and ‘the Beachcombers’. They continued to play college proms as well as major hotel venues throughout the Midwest and west coast, including the Hollywood Palladium. The group’s 1940 recording of ‘In Old Shanty Town’ provided them with their first major success, and sold over a million copies. Further records, including theme tune ‘The White Star Of Sigma Nu’, were released on record labels including King Records, Signature, Forum, Roulette, Coral Records, Mercury Records and Decca Records. Radio play on The Teen-Timers...

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