A native of Reading, Pennsylvania,
Shorty Long was the leader and organizer of the Santa Fe Rangers.
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 violinst.
During that time it seems he had formed a hillbilly music band that shocked his 'serious-
minded' parents and the professors. 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. He was with radio station WEEU in
Reading from about 1946 and by 1951, seemed to be still there.
His fan mail was said to be phenomenal.
Prior to returning to his hometown of Reading, he had also appeared
on the WSIL Hayloft Hoedown and also the WLS National Barn Dance
during the Alka-Seltzer sponsored portions. He also played to rave
reviews at New York City's Paramount Theatre when he was featured
with the Foy Willing Trio on the Andrew
Sisters' "Eight-To-The-Bar Ranch Show".
Shorty spent his summers at his Santa Fe Ranch which was
on Rt. 422 just outside of Reading. 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 also appeared in the movie, "Powder River Gunfire".
He had also just signed a recording contract with RCA Victor then, too.
And in his song folio of 1951, was a recent addition to the King record label.
And from what we could tell in the song folio, Shorty appears to have been
married to Dolly Dimples. However, we could find no mention of the names
of the band members.
Credits & Sources
- Shorty Long Song Folio; 1951; Tannen Music, Inc.; Keys Music, Inc.;
146 West 54th Street, New York 19, NY.
- Country Song Roundup No. 5; April 1950; Charlton Publishing Corp.;