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Sipping Coffee Or Cocktails From A Breezy Bird’s-Eye-View?  …. Whoa! Hold up!

Sipping Coffee Or Cocktails From A Breezy Bird’s-Eye-View?  …. Whoa! Hold up!

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SLEEPLESS NIGHTS ARE THE CAUSE FOR MORNING DRAMA!

Downtown tower dwellers to Miami dance clubs: Turn down the noise!

BY LINDA ROBERTSON


Imagine panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline from your balcony, sipping coffee or cocktails from a breezy bird’s-eye-view perch that places you in the energizing epicenter of the city you adore.

Then imagine having to abandon that balcony every weekend for the interior of your condo-turned-glass-cage where you must cower like a bunker occupant but still cannot escape the aural assault of an incessant, pulsating, thumping noise.

Turn it off? No. Because while you want to sleep, the patrons of the nightclubs 50 floors below want to dance into the wee and even breakfast hours to the driving bass beat of electronic music that climbs upward, seeps through closed windows and drills into your aching brain.

“Boom, boom, boom. Nonstop from Friday night to Monday morning,” said Michael Graubert, who has lived for three years in the Marquis building at 1100 Biscayne Boulevard, a few blocks from the clubs on Northeast 11th Street. “It gets louder as it travels up the buildings. This goes far beyond noise you would expect in the urban core. This is noise that disrupts your life and affects your health.”

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“Here’s to peace, quietness and high” maintenance. AOC

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Hello AmericaOnCoffee readers and followers! We have a new category “Morning Drama”. 

Hello AmericaOnCoffee readers and followers! We have a new category “Morning Drama”. 

“Morning Drama” is a spinoff from our Facebook page because:

Lots of things happen to us  in our morning hours that is worthy of sharing.  Enjoy and do not hesitate to give us any feedback.  



 
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Posted by on December 16, 2017 in morning drama

 

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 “C’ EST SI BON (IT IS SO GOOD) EARTHA KITT” 

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, dancer, activist and comedian, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of “C’est si bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby“, which were both US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”.[3]

Kitt began her career in 1943 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song. In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 hits, including “Uska Dara” and “I Want to be Evil”. Her other notable recordings include the UK Top 10 hit “Under the Bridges of Paris” (1954), “Just an Old Fashioned Girl” (1956) and “Where Is My Man” (1983). She starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman. In 1968, her career in America suffered after she made anti-war statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, she made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. Kitt wrote three autobiographies—Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone with Me (1976) and I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989). She also played Lady Eloise in 1992 film Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy.

Kitt found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperor’s New Groove (2000), in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes (2003). She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel Kronk’s New Groove (2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor’s New School (2006–2008). Her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets.

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LYRICS IN ENGLISH

It is so good
From anywhere
Arms on top of arm
By singing songs

It is so good
To say soft words
Little things at all
But who say a lot

Seeing our delighted mine
Passers-by on the street envy us
It is so good
Watching in his eyes
A wonderful hope
Who gives the thrill

It is so good
These small sensations
It’s better than a million
It’s so, so good

(It’s good, it’s good)
Mmm, it’s good

There it’s good
Passers-by in the street
Arms on top of arm
By singing songs
What a wonderful hope
Mmm, it’s good

I’m looking for a millionaire
With great “Cadillac car”
“Mink coats”
Jewelry up to your neck, you know?

Mmm, it’s good
This little sensation
Or maybe someone
With a small yacht, no?

Ah, it’s good
It’s good, it’s good
You know I would wait
Someone who could bring me
Lots of “loot”

Tonight? Tomorrow? Next week?
Whenever
Mmm, it’s good, so good
It will be very. Crazy, no?
So, it’s so good!

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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in female vocalist, music, smooth jazz

 

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Are You Still Waking Up In PJs?

Are You Still Waking Up In PJs?

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How Pajamas are worn in the U.S.A. today (leisurely fashions and fictionwear) are big indicators that our sleeping habits and wakeup practices have been altered.

The origin of this pant-style attire is controversial yet,  traceable thoughout many world cultures and traditions.

However, pajamas (pyjamas/pj’s) are one of  America’s  most popular sleepwear. Over a substantial period of time, the pajama,  dually worn  by  male and females, made its landmark as part of America’s sleep culture,

But today, the transitioning world propels us into a myriad of fast-paced lifestyles,  impacting our conventions and habits. In lieu of this and with overwhelming generational acceptance of new comforts and conveniences,  maybe pajamas are a thing of the past, OR, are they?  ~AOC (AmericaOnCoffee)~

 

A BRIEF HISTORY ON PAJAMAS

It’s a nighttime tradition for many Americans to don their pajamas or PJs before heading to bed. … In fact, the word “pyjama” traces its etymological origin to the Persian word “payjama,” meaning “leg garment.” In fact, the English began to wear them on those rare hot days in summer. Sitnsleep.com

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The pyjamas introduced in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were adaptations of the harem pants worn in Southern and Western Asia. The name pyjama (pajamas or pjs) originates from the Hindustani word “epai-jaima”. British missionaries were the first ones to adopt the Moghul breeches or pyjamas as sleepwear for men and boys in their institutions. European men embraced the pyjama much earlier than women who thought that pyjamas would make them appear to be a suffragette. In the early 1900s, females started to include the pyjama suit in their wardrobe (Boucher, 1973, p. 433; Cotterill, 1996-2015; Kybalova, et al., 1968, p. 453).

Men’s Pyjamas
During the period1883 to 1918, men were steadily replacing the traditional nightshirt or nightgown with pyjamas. By the 1930s, the pyjama pant and top had become an essential part of the male wardrobe. Pyjamas were made out of cotton, twill, flannelette, wool, viyella, and silk, but when the checked and striped pyjamas appeared on the market, they were in greater demand than the plain ones (Deshabillé Staff, 2013). Between 1919 and 1939, pyjamas were available in lighter materials such as cotton mixtures mercerized to give a smooth surface, silk, and artificial silk, and the damasked patterns and coloured designs were considered to be chic (Kybalova, et al., 1968, p. 453; Willett & Cunnington, 1992, p. 192, 207, 232, 241).

From the illustrations of men’s pyjamas in the Eaton’s Catalogue for 1920-1921, it is obvious that the military dress of World War I influenced pyjamas styles. The tops of the pyjamas shown have military collars, and a button and three frogs as front closures (T. Eaton & Co., Fall & Winter, 1920-1921, p. 296).

Men’s pyjama sets are still popular today. They are offered with long or short pants, long or short sleeved tops, and tops with button closures or t-shirt tops. They come in a variety of plain, colored or printed fabrics and knits.

Women’s Pyjamas
Coco Chanel (1883-1971) was the first designer to promote a line of attractive lounging and beachwear pyjamas, and to persuade women that pyjamas could be as flattering as the traditional nightgown. From 1909 onward, women began to accept the wearing of pyjama suits, and by the mid-1980s pyjamas were apparently outgrowing nightgowns in sales (Cotterill, 1996-2015; Willett & Cunnington, 1992, p. 217).

When the female version of pyjamas was introduced in 1886, it was a combination of a nightgown with pants that required 4 ½ yards of calico or flannel fabric. The top had a high collar and a buttoned down front, and there were frills at the wrists and at the knees. In the following years, pyjama tops had large bishop sleeves, and a ribbon was tied around the waist. Pale blue and white silk pyjamas would often be trimmed with lace around the ankles, the throat, and a cascade of lace would be stitched to the bodice. During the period 1909 to 1918, pyjama fabrics included a pure zephyr or cassimere (a thin light weight twilled woolen fabric), and silk (Willett & Cunnington, 1992, p. 199, 233).

Women’s pyjamas gradually lost their nightgown appearance, and from the 1920’s onward, they took on a more tailored look with long straight lines and became available in a variety of plain and printed fabrics (Tortora & Eubank, 2010, p. 467, 473, 514). Stuart (2012) relates that in 1930, Daisy Fellowes, daughter of the Duc Deczes and heiress to the Singer sewing-machine fortune, increased Elsa Schiaparelli’s wealth by wearing her most surreal fashions, amongst them, leopard-print pajamas which her elitist friends would also espouse (p. 83). In 1933, in association with Bazaar, Daisy “mesmerized American fashion representatives, receiving them lying on a chaise in peacock blue pajamas” (p. 110-111).

Since the 1950s, there has been an assortment of stylish pyjamas ranging from the classic pyjama sets to the Baby Dolls. Currently, the trend is to mix and pair tops with pants. For instance, sleep shirts, sleep Tees, sleep tunics, tank tops, and camisoles are paired with sleep pants, leggings, Naomi pants (pants that are tight of the bottom of the leg), and capris. Young women will sometimes wear the stretch knit tops or bottoms as outerwear (Carter, 1977, p. 217; Cotterill, 1996-2015).

WEARING PAJAMAS ALLDAY LONG IS THE NEWEST TREND  (Quartz.com)

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FUN FACTS ABOUT PAJAMASand more on the  pajama beginnings

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The clothes you wear to sleep have an ‘eye-opening’ history

What you choose to wear to bed is a personal matter. You might be perfectly happy in a matching striped pajama set, while someone else could choose to snooze in a cute nightgown (or absolutely nothing!). But do you know how today’s nightwear made it to its current state? The history of pajamas is more surprising than you might think!

  1. Where The Word Comes From:The word “pajama” comes from the Indian word “piejamah,” which described loose pants that were tied at the waist. The comfy trousers were admired by British colonials as the perfect thing to wear when napping in the afternoon, and it wasn’t long before the outfit was deemed perfect for any time spent asleep. When the colonials returned to Britain, the trend caught on.
  2. Pajamas Aren’t Just For Sleeping: In the early 1900s, a fashion designer named Paul Poiret created silk pajamas to be worn out in public during the daytime, as well as in the evening. And today, in some Asian countries, people still like to wear full pajama sets out in public. In Japan, this trend is taken one step further. Some people go out in something called Kigurumi, which are pajamas made to look like giant stuffed animal costumes.
  3. Footed Pajamas Aren’t Always For Kids: They actually started out as something designed for adults. The first versions were made when people began sewing socks to the bottom of their pajama pants. It wasn’t to just keep their feet warm; it was to prevent bugs like termites from nibbling on their toes.
  4. Nightcaps Were All the Rage:Nightcaps (the articles of clothing, not the alcoholic beverages) might enter your mind mostly during the holidays (since they are featured in both A Christmas Carol and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas), but they were popular throughout the 19th century. The purpose is pretty obvious: to keep a person’s head warm during the winter while he or she slept. But the design has some thought behind it. The pointed cap is long enough to wrap around your neck like a scarf, but not so long that it could choke you in the middle of the night.
  5. Who Needs Pajamas? While stores sell tons of pajamas these days, sleeping in your birthday suit is still popular. For example, in the UK, 47 percent of men sleep in absolutely nothing (while only 17 percent of British women go nude in the night). Americans, on the other hand, are just slightly more conservative. About 31 percent of men in the United States sleep naked and 14 percent of women go nude.

https://sleep.org/articles/facts-about-pajamas/

I am seriously believing that people are wearing pajamas as active wear because they are living in a state of sleep.  `~AOC~



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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in entertainment

 

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“Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby (Original) HQ

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“Santa Baby” is a 1953 Christmas song written by Joan Javits (the niece of Senator Jacob K. Javits) and Philip Springer.

The song is a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list addressed to Santa Claus by a woman who wants extravagant gifts such as sables, yachts, and decorations from Tiffany’s.

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France! Cafes! Coffee and Culture!

France! Cafes! Coffee and Culture!

140 Years of Parisian Culture

by Glamourdaze
 Carousel Film Tribute to Paris 


Anaïs Nin -“Paris intimate like a room.”

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1879–Edouard-Manet,-Woman-Reading—Cafe-de-Flore-Paris

Stills and Stories and a video tribute to Paris.

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Carousel – 140 Years of Parisian Cafe Culture – 1877 to 2015

Think of France, and you think of Parisian cafe’s, the Belle Epoch era, the paintings of Edouard ManetEdgar Degas and Renoir, who first evoked into image Paris’s liberated counter culture and the beauty of its people.

Ernest Hemingway: “London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.”

1916--Pablo-Picasso-Moise-Kisling-Paquerette-Cafe-la-Rotonde-Paris

1916–Pablo-Picasso-Moise-Kisling-Paquerette-Cafe-la-Rotonde-Paris

To this city of dreams, all the greatest artists and free thinkers of the 20th Century have flocked.

Pablo PicassoJames JoyceSamuel Beckett, and even a certain Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov ( Lenin) were all drawn to the allure of Paris, its glamour, its decadence and its inspiration.The city has endured much pain in its history, and yet again this past week.

Oscar Wilde – “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”

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Actress Pola-Negri-1927,-Cafe-de-la-Paix,-Paris

The terrorist attack on Paris.

The immediate solidarity shown by Parisians that awful night for anyone needing safe haven,by using the #PorteOuverte hashtag – inspired us, and the determination not to give in to hatred were most movingly expressed by the words on Facebook of Parisian Antoine Leiris who tragically lost his wife Helene Muyal Leiris in the Bataclan massacre.

This post and film is an ode to what is best in all of us.

A Photo history of the Paris cafe culture.

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Table for one – Paris through the years

Honoré de Balzac – “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.”

The cafe culture in Paris is old, very old. The first coffee house was opened in 1672 by Pasqua Rose, who maintained a monopoly until Cafè Procope opened later in 1686. It remains open to this day.

1922-Maurice-Brange,-Au-Café--Solita-Solano-and-Djuna-Barnes-in-Paris

1922-Maurice-Brange,-Au-Café–Solita-Solano-and-Djuna-Barnes-in-Paris

Cole Porter – “I love Paris when it sizzles.”

In its heyday it was known as the theatrical cafe, where members of the French enlightenment such as Voltaire were regular guests.
The image of Paris as a city of free thinkers was sealed, along with the association of its cafe culture.

1928-Café-du-Dome,-Winter-Morning,-Paris---Andre-Kertèsz

1928-Café-du-Dome,-Winter-Morning,-Paris—Andre-Kertèsz

From the 1870’s onwards, the paintings of Manet, Degas, Van Gogh and Paul Cèzanne illustrated the cafes of Montparnesse and Montmarte in all their Belle Epoch glory.

Allen Ginsberg – “…the bewildering beauty of Paris…”

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1932—Montmartre-place-du-tertre-Paris.

1935--Dome-Café-on-Montparnasse---Lucien-Aigner

1935–Dome-Café-on-Montparnasse—Lucien-Aigner

By the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, Paris cafes were the hangout for many of the emerging impressionist artists, writers and composers, from Oscar Wildeto Toulous Lautrec to Eric Satie and Claude Debussy. Coffee was often a polite cover for the more sinister addiction to absinthe.

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Left:1930-The-Girl-in-the-Window–La-fille-dans-la-fenêtre-Eduard-Boubat-Paris-Cafe. Right:1935-Parisian-cafe–Claudioc

The names are iconic – Les Deux MagotsCafè de FloreLe Dome Cafè, Le Deauville, Closerie des Lilas , Le Select and La Rotonde – all homes during these early years to some of the most creative people ever to have lived.

Gertrude Stein – “Americas is my country but Paris is my hometown.”

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1940-Edith-Piaf in paris cafe -Jean-Gabriel-Séruzier

Revolutionary’s like Vladimir Lenin and Trotsky, and Karl Marx before them, plotted their overthrow of Capitalism and royalty in the cafe back-rooms of Montmartre.

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James-Joyce-and-Sylvia-Beach-in-Paris 1925

Irish writer James Joyce found publishing fame in Paris, and spent the last years of his life there.

By the 1920s, political thinking was replaced by existentialists like Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre.

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1948–Karl-Bissinger,-Juliette-Gréco,-Paris

Wandering round Montparnasse or Montmartre, you might easily have bumped into the likes of Pablo PicassoSalvador Dali or Ernest Hemingway ( not necessarily sitting together of course), or Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel having a public slanging match perhaps?

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1948-Cafe-Flore,-Paris-Photograph-by-Richard-Avedon

F. Scott Fitzgerald – “The American in Paris is the best American.”

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1951-Louis-Stettner-Christmas-Eve—-ile-Saint-Louis-Paris

Coffee houses continued to be free thinker zones, and fashionable places to be seen in until the shadow of World War Two and the occupation of Paris.

1954-Maurice-CHEVALIER---Paris-cafe

1954-Maurice-CHEVALIER—Paris-cafe

Paris Fashion and the Cafè Culture.

By the 1930s, model shoots bwere becoming quite common in the trendy cafe settings of Paris’s cafes. By the 1950s, they were almost considered a priority during the Paris fashion seasons.

Charles Dickens – “Paris is the most extraordinary place in the world!”

Love on the Left bank – 1954

1954---Vali-Myers--Ed-Van-Der-Elskin

1954—Vali-Myers–Ed-Van-Der-Elskin

In the post war era, one name Vali Myers, perhaps encapsulates more than any other woman, the post war bohemian. Born in Brisbane, the actor, dancer, artist moved to Paris in 1949 full of dreams, but found herself living on the streets of Saint-Germain on Paris’s Left Bank.

1954---Vali-Myers-and-friend---Ed-Van-Der-Elskin

1954—Vali-Myers-and-friend—Ed-Van-Der-Elskin

Here she is captured in a wonderful series of photos by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elskin, documenting the bohemian life on the Rive de Gaucheand entitled Love on the Left Bank and published as a Photobook story in the British Picture Post.
Myers life,look and work inspired many future artists from Bob DylanLeonard Cohen and Patti Smith.

1954-Marie-Helene-Amaud---Paris-cafe

1954-Marie-Helene-Amaud—Paris-cafe

1957---Edouard-Boubat,-Waiting-for-a-date-at-the-Café-Vache-Noir,-Paris

1957—Edouard-Boubat,-Waiting-for-a-date-at-the-Café-Vache-Noir,-Paris

A Paris bloggers view of cafe culture in 2015.

Today perhaps, you will more likely see flocks of tourists in these iconic places. Parisians have thousands of cafes to choose from.
Paris blogger Flore der Agopian writes in A Woman’s Paris, a beautiful ode to her culture.“Even in winter we sit outdoors, whether it’s raining or snowing, at cafés where there are heaters for warmth and awnings for protection.”

1961--Fred-Astaire---Paris-Cafe

1961–Fred-Astaire—Paris-Cafe

1961-Parisian-Students-at-Lunchtime---Paris-Loomis-Dean

1961-Parisian-Students-at-Lunchtime—Paris-Loomis-Dean

1961-Jane-Fonda-Paris-Café-de-Flore

1961-Jane-Fonda-Paris-Café-de-Flore.

Jean Cocteau – “In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.”

1969--Brasserie-Lipp,-Photo-by-Henri-Cartier-Bresson,-Paris

1969–Brasserie-Lipp,-Photo-by-Henri-Cartier-Bresson,-Paris

She described one typical conversation she overheard between a woman in her 80s – “graceful, very delicate and wore a silk scarf with a pearl necklace and red lipstick. Aristocratic!” and a man in his 50s who had sat down beside her – ” he carried a motorcycle helmet and in the other a black leather briefcase. A businessman”.

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1978-Bernard-Plossu,-café-à-Montparnasse

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1994-La-Brasserie-de-l’Ile-St.-Louis,-Paris–Peter-Turnley

The woman talked emotionally about the Second World War, and the conversation moved on to today’s society.

It was clear says Flore der Agopian, that they did not know each other, “but when they parted it was as if they had known each other for a long time”.

Just one cafe, and a chance encounter between two strangers, and there you have Paris in a nutshell. Long may she live.

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1985-Samuel-Beckett,-Boulevard-St-Jacques,-Paris,-1985

2011--Parisienne-au-Cafe-de-Montmartre---Christphe-Lecoq

2011–Parisienne-au-Cafe-de-Montmartre—Christphe-Lecoq

Source:  http://glamourdaze.com/2015/12/140-years-of-parisian-cafe-culture.html

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in coffee, entertainment

 

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“SHORTY LONG – CHANTILLY LACE”

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Frederick Earl “Shorty” Long (May 20, 1940 – June 29, 1969) was an American soul singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer for Motown’s Soul Records imprint. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.

Career
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Long came to Motown in 1963 from the Tri-Phi/Harvey label, owned by Berry Gordy’s sister, Gwen, and her husband, Harvey Fuqua. His first release, “Devil with the Blue Dress On” (1964), written with William “Mickey” Stevenson, was the first recording issued on Motown’s Soul label, a subsidiary designed for more blues-based artists such as Long. While this song never charted nationally, the song was covered and made a hit in 1966 by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels. Long’s 1966 single “Function at the Junction” was his first popular hit, reaching #42 on the national R&B charts. Other single releases included “It’s a Crying Shame” (1964), “Chantilly Lace” (1967), and “Night Fo’ Last” (1968).

Long’s biggest hit was “Here Comes the Judge” which in July 1968 reached number four on the R&B charts and number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was inspired by a comic act on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In about a judge by Pigmeat Markham, whose own “Here Comes the Judge” – a similar song with different lyrics – charted three weeks after Long’s, also in July 1968, and reached number 19 on Billboard. Long’s 1969 singles included “I Had a Dream” and “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. He released one album during his lifetime, Here Comes the Judge (1968).

Long played many instruments, including piano, organ, drums, harmonica, and trumpet. He acted as an MC for many of the Motortown Revue shows and tours, and co-wrote several of his tunes (“Devil with the Blue Dress On”, “Function at the Junction”, and “Here Comes the Judge”). Long was the only Motown artist besides Smokey Robinson who was allowed to produce his own recordings in the 1960s. Marvin Gaye, in David Ritz’s biography Divided Soul: The Life & Times of Marvin Gaye, described Shorty Long as “this beautiful cat who had two hits, and then got ignored by Motown.”[1] Gaye claimed he “fought for guys like Shorty” while at Motown, since no one ever pushed for these artists. When Holland-Dozier-Holland came to Gaye with a tune, he stated, “Why are you going to produce me? Why don’t you produce Shorty Long?”[1]

Death
On June 29, 1969, Long and a friend drowned when their boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan.[2] Stevie Wonder played the harmonica at his burial, and placed it on his casket afterwards. Writer Roger Green’s epitaph stated: “So there endeth the career of a man who sang what he wanted to sing – everything from the blues to romantic ballads, from wild and crazy numbers to a utopian vision of Heaven on Earth. Short in stature but big in talent, he entertained and amazed us, and finally he inspired us.” [3]

Motown issued Long’s final album, The Prime of Shorty Long, shortly after his death.

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