Huey Long

"Long" Time at Venus Hair


A living legend appears every Saturday at Venus Hair. The weekend headliner is 101 year old music master Huey Long whose remarkable career included the Ink Spots and bands in Chicago and New York alongside such notables as Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Huey has a history of being in the right place at the right time, starting in 1923 with a shoe shine box at Houston's Rice Hotel. Flush with a pocket full of nickels, he bought a banjo and headed for Chicago where the versatile virtuoso switched to guitar, setting in motion an eighty-year international career of playing and teaching. 

On Saturday afternoons, Venus Hair customers are treated to Ink Spots music and Mr. Long's stories. Helen Harbridge, ten years his junior, described Huey as " a people person." Indeed, he shows no sign of tiring as fans stop by to chat, get an autograph or purchase a tape.

Longtime Ink Spots fan Virginia Sparks buys four tapes while Marsha Kudela and her children Molly and Will, are Venus Hair customers discovering the sounds and stories of Huey Long.

As a music stylist setting up shop with hair stylists, Huey Long is once again in the right place at the right time. Stop by Venus Hair and meet this living legend whose eyes make you want to keep up and not miss a beat.

by Nan Blackmon McCant




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