Bill Long, Jr., born November 1, 1950, grew up in San Francisco, and Palo Alto, California, was the third eldest of six children. His father, Bill Long, Sr., worked in security, and his mother, Cassie Long, worked at Hewlett Packard. As a child, Billy was quick to grant a comedic performance, whenever the opportunity presented itself. Aside from his allegiance to basketball, he had other quiet aspirations, the product of a childhood “love of music,” which finally seemed tangible as a teen, when he joined his brother Cornel, in a singing group at Ravenswood High School, in Palo Alto, California.
During the early 70’s, Billy headed south to Los Angeles, and worked at the Post Office. During this time, he became acquainted with Jewel’s Room, formally known as the Diana Club. Aspiring to become a DJ, he perfected his craft, by practicing daily after work. Recognizing his ability, Jewel positioned Billy upstairs in the Catch, and the rest is history.
As a result of Billy’s exceptional ear and ability to recognize hits, he received numerous awards as a Billboard Magazine Reporter. He made the Catch One famous for spinnin’ new music, that would later head the top dance charts.
Respected and loved, he was often referred to as, "Daddy", taking on the role of spirit father to many who came to the Catch One, and grew up under his leadership. Many were fortunate to have had him in their lives, and many DJ’s were influenced by his method of spinnin’. He was a big man, with a big heart, and generous to a fault. He loved us, and we loved him back. Known as the, "Legendary Billy Long", Billy actively DJ’ed for over twenty years, and on occasion, assisted the Catch as Manager until his demise, Thursday, September 29, 2005.
A celebration of life will be given Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at Jewel’s Catch One.