Avon Long

Profile:
American Broadway actor and singer (June 18, 1910 – February 15, 1984).

Long performed in a number of Broadway shows, including Black Rhythm (1939), Porgy and Bess (as Sportin' Life in the 1942 revival), and Beggar's Holiday (1946). He was a featured singer and dancer in the Cotton Club (New York) in 1934. Lena Horne credits him with bringing her out of the chorus and into the spotlight. Long and Lena Horne co-introduced the Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler composition "As Long As I Live" in Cotton Club Parade (1934). He reprised his role of Sportin' Life in the 1951 Columbia Masterworks recording of Porgy and Bess. He also co-starred with Thelma Carpenter in the 1952 revival of Shuffle Along, which they recorded for RCA Victor. Long received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) in 1973, for the role of Dave in Don't Play Us Cheap. He originated the role of John in Bubbling Brown Sugar on Broadway in 1976. He also appeared in a number of films and television shows.
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Albums

SL-162 Avon Long - Porgy & Bess album art Lehman Engel, Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams, Inez Matthews, Warren Coleman, Avon Long Lehman Engel, Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams, Inez Matthews, Warren Coleman, Avon Long - Porgy & Bess (Album) Columbia SL-162 US 1951 Sell This Version
LPM-3154, LPM 3154 Avon Long - Songs From Blackbirds / Songs From Shuffle Along album art Cab Calloway - Thelma Carpenter, Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter Cab Calloway - Thelma Carpenter, Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter - Songs From Blackbirds / Songs From Shuffle Along(10") RCA Victor, RCA Victor LPM-3154, LPM 3154 US 1953 Sell This Version
DCF-1002 Avon Long - Porgy and Bess album art Avon Long, Margaret Tynes, LeVern Hutcherson Avon Long, Margaret Tynes, LeVern Hutcherson - Porgy and Bess (Album) Design Compatible Fidelity DCF-1002 US 1960 Sell This Version
S06.600R Avon Long - Porgy And Bess album art Camilla Williams, Lawrence Winters, Inez Matthews, Warren Coleman, Avon Long Camilla Williams, Lawrence Winters, Inez Matthews, Warren Coleman, Avon Long - Porgy And Bess(10", Album, Mono) Philips S06.600R France Unknown Sell This Version
A-351 Avon Long - Song Hits From George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess album art Leo Reisman And His Orchestra, Avon Long, Helen Dowdy Leo Reisman And His Orchestra, Avon Long, Helen Dowdy - Song Hits From George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess(3xShellac, 10", Album) Decca A-351 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EPA 482, EPA-482 Avon Long - Songs From Shuffle Along album art Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter - Songs From Shuffle Along (EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor EPA 482, EPA-482 US 1953 Sell This Version
EPA 483, EPA-483 Cab Calloway - Thelma Carpenter, Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter Cab Calloway - Thelma Carpenter, Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter - Songs From Blackbirds / Songs From Shuffle Along(7", EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor EPA 483, EPA-483 Canada 1953 Sell This Version
409 516 NE Avon Long - Porgy And Bess album art June McMechen, Camilla Williams, Lawrence Winters, Avon Long, George Gershwin June McMechen, Camilla Williams, Lawrence Winters, Avon Long, George Gershwin - Porgy And Bess (EP) Philips 409 516 NE Germany 1958 Sell This Version
313 477 SF Avon Long - Porgy and Bess album art Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams, Inez Matthews, Warren Coleman, Avon Long conducted by Lehman Engel Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams, Inez Matthews, Warren Coleman, Avon Long conducted by Lehman Engel - Porgy and Bess(7", EP) Philips 313 477 SF Netherlands 1958 Sell This Version
CO 49156 Avon Long - Summertime / It Ain't Necessarily So album art June McMechen, Avon Long With Chorus* And Orchestra* June McMechen, Avon Long With Chorus* And Orchestra* - Summertime / It Ain't Necessarily So(10", Promo) Columbia CO 49156 US Unknown Sell This Version