Radio Station S-A-V-E-D - Shorty Long And The Santa Fe Rangers - Radio Station S-A-V-E-D (Shellac)
Jun 26, Hillbilly bop artists 8 comments. When he was just 14, his parents, who were musically inclined, sent him to study music at the College of Rome where he got an education in classical music. They said he graduated cum laude as a violinist. That classical musical training just added to the bands musical sounds. Shorty Long could also play the accordion, and sang both solo and tenor lead in his combo.
His fan mail was said to be phenomenal. Shorty spent his summers at his Santa Fe Ranch which was on Rt. It may have been some place where entertainment was held as they mention he played host to the big names in the entertainment field. He had also just signed a recording contract with RCA Victor then, too. And in his song folio ofwas a recent addition to the King record label. Shorty Long, Country Musician, Composer. Long, whose real name was Emidio Vagnoni, lived in Exeter Township and for many years ran Radio Station S-A-V-E-D - Shorty Long And The Santa Fe Rangers - Radio Station S-A-V-E-D (Shellac) Santa Fe Ranch, a acre family entertainment park.
He played country and gospel, and staged family comedies with his wife, the former Gladys Ulrich, whose stage name was Dolly Dimples. Although Mr. Long never officially changed his name, most of his fans only Radio Station S-A-V-E-D - Shorty Long And The Santa Fe Rangers - Radio Station S-A-V-E-D (Shellac) him as Shorty Long, a stage name he adopted 50 years ago. Only 5-foot-6, Mr. In the s, at the start of his career, a fan approached him for an autograph.
Long opened the Sante Fe Ranch inemphasizing country music. Inhe and his wife purchased a acre tract in New Tripoli, Lehigh County, and opened Ontelaunee Park, where top-name country music entertainers performed. He sold the second park in Long played steel guitar, wrote songs and recorded for a number of major labels. He also played violin, piano, bass, organ and banjo in recording sessions for a number of artists, including Presley.
In Mr. In a interview, Mr. It has not been very easy to assemble a story of Shorty Long. Indeed the biography and the obit above did help a bit. But what more? Virtually all I know about him came from his records, and luckily they are quite a lot, in very different styles. You name it, I find it. We find him next on Decca in for very slow sentimental songs. We find him next on King Recordsout of Cincinnati.
All in all, he had better moments then, and went straight on the hillbilly bop bandwagon. Nice steel, infectious rhythm, a little classic! Second session is a lot more interesting for the Knoxville small Valley label. Chorus, string-bass, lead guitar and a happy vocal by Long. Final track of interest came in on the Birmingham, AL.
Nothing of an earthquake however! This article would have proved impossible to settle down without the invaluable help of collector Ronald Keppner, out of Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Thanks Ronald for the sounds and scans. As a young kid, my parents would put the family in the car, 2 sisters and we would head to the Sante Fe Ranch in Redding. I would sit on the park like benches, look up to the stage and watch all the singing cowboys. He made many western movies,played Tarzen, etc.
Still remember after all these years. Wonderful memories. You got in the park by the car load and brought your picnic basket. I lived in Pottstown PA as a child. Shorty Long and his wife Dolly Dimples would perform on occasion on Friday nights.
Although I was not a great fan of country music, I enjoyed his and her performances. He was an excellent singer not to slight his work on instruments. His stint on Broadway was well earned and well deserved.
On occasion when I had to work late and because I was too young to drive they gave me a ride to my home. They were lovely people. Penn Drive In. Shorty came to my dad Paul Heck, Mt. My dad played guitar in this band for many many years….
As with Shorty, my dad also is on Presley records playing his guitar. He also played for many others back in the day. My dad was Nick Popeye Viola from Phoenixville.
We have pictures of my dad on stage with the band,Shorty and Dolly. Oh the memories! Thanks for your message. Should you send me Xavier. Anyway, thanks for your visit and message. Keep on On My Honor - I Never Deserve The Things I Need (Vinyl, Album). Xavier, from the sunny South of France.
I recently purchased an upright bass from a fella that lives in the south reading area. It had belonged to Bob Chester And His Orchestra - My Dream Christmas / The Fattest Man In Town (Shellac) and she played it on stage as a part of the Santa Fe Rangers. If anyone has any photos or information about this I would love to see it.
Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Shorty Long, upper left. Reading, Berks Cty. I am glad to be one of many visitants on this great web site :, thankyou for posting. Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
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