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Johnny Long was a violinist and bandleader who grew up on a farm in Newell near Charlotte. As a freshman at Duke University, he and ten other freshmen formed a band that stayed together through college. After graduation they renamed themselves the Johnny Long Orchestra and toured the country for a number of years. Probably the band's biggest thrill was playing for the President's Birthday Ball in 1942.