Kokane Calls Out Motown For Excluding His Father Jerry Buddy Long, Sr.

Kokane, also known as Jerry B. Long, Jr., took to social media to express his dissatisfaction with Motown Records and the Motown Museum for overlooking the contributions of his father, Jerry Buddy Long, Sr. Despite his father’s extensive body of work as a composer, singer, and musician, there is a noticeable absence of recognition for him at Hitsville, USA.

Jerry B. Long, Sr. was a highly talented and prolific music arranger and orchestral director who penned over 600 musical compositions throughout his career. His work included collaborations with iconic Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many others. Some of his notable compositions include “Nathan Jones,” “Ball of Confusion,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Still Waters Run Deep.”

Jerry B. Long, Sr. often collaborated with renowned musicians such as Paul Riser and David Van DePitte and was considered a key member of the Funk Brothers, the legendary house band for Motown Records. He also frequently arranged productions for Norman Whitfield, including the hit song “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by Undisputed Truth.

Despite his significant contributions to the Motown sound and his work with some of the label’s biggest stars, Jerry B. Long, Sr. has not received the recognition he deserves from Motown Records and the Motown Museum. Kokane’s call for acknowledgment highlights the importance of honoring the unsung heroes of the music industry and ensuring that their legacies are not forgotten.

As Kokane continues to advocate for his father’s rightful place in the pantheon of great composers, singers, and musicians associated with Motown Records, it serves as a reminder of the importance of recognizing and celebrating the diverse talents that have shaped the history of music. Jerry B. Long, Sr.’s musical legacy deserves to be honored and remembered alongside his more well-known contemporaries, and it is essential that institutions like Motown Records and the Motown Museum take steps to rectify this oversight.