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Johnny Long

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Johnny Long (September 12, 1914 (disputed) – October 31, 1972) was an American violinist and bandleader.

He was raised on a farm in Newell, North Carolina, currently a subdivision of Charlotte. He started practicing with the violin at the age of six, but injured two fingers on his left hand when he was bitten by a pig. He then learned to use his right hand to play the violin, and continued to do so until his death.

As a freshman at Duke University, Long joined with ten other freshmen to create a school band named The Duke Collegians. During their sophomore year, they were adopted as the official school band. The band stayed together throughout their school years and, upon graduation, renamed themselves The Johnny Long Orchestra, with Long as the bandleader. For a number of years they toured the country and were eventually signed on to Vocalion Records (owned by ARC) in 1937 for the release of Just Like That. They performed their first national radio broadcast in 1939 on The Fitch Summer Bandwagon Show, which boosted their national popularity. This resulted in the band being signed on by Decca Records.
His Johnny Long Orchestra accompanied Ella Fitzgerald on her Decca recording of “Confessin’ That I Love You”.
Under management of Decca, Long wrote and released a hit single, “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town”, that resulted in over one million sales.

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