Huey Long, jazz guitarist and singer with the seminal vocal group the Ink Spots, died last week in a nursing home in Houston, Texas. He was 105. During Long’s long career, he played guitar and recorded with the likes of Lil Armstrong, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan. In 1945, Long was invited to join the Ink Spots, a black vocal group whose stunning harmonies and flashy stage presence made it a hit with white audiences. The Ink Spots are credited with influencing rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and doo-wop. The group was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
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