b. 3 December 1923, Poteet, Texas, USA, d. 7 September 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Long grew up in Freer, Texas, and after completing high school in 1942, he joined the US Navy. In 1945, he returned to Texas, working in a record store until 1946, when he worked briefly with both Decca Records and RCA Records. After meeting ‘ Colonel’ Tom Parker, he became involved in promotional work, initially with Eddy Arnold, whom Parker was then managing, and relocated to Nashville. Around 1950, he became the manager of the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, where he first became involved with the booking and management of artists. In 1952, he formed the Hubert Long Agency, and in 1955, he created Nashville’s first country music management company, the Stable Of The Stars, which represented many of the music’s major artists. In 1959, he formed his first music publishing business, Moss Rose, and was responsible for the construction of Nashville’s SESAC building. By 1960, his business interests were numerous, involving advertising, publishing and publications, not only in the USA but in many overseas locations, including England, Australia, Japan, South Africa and several European countries. He was also involved in real estate and owned many prestigious properties, including some on Nashville’s Music Row. He was the first person to be elected both Chairman and President of the Country Music Association and was involved with the formation of both the CMA and the CMA Foundation. Long had to undergo surgery for a brain tumour in March 1982, but the operation failed to effect a long-term cure, and on 7 September, he died in Nashville’s Baptist Hospital. Long’s services to country music saw him win many awards, not least his induction to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1979.
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