Shorty Long is a Motown singer that I did not know or was unfamiliar with. Most of the time when radio stations play oldies from Motown, it is always the ones that we hear most about. Shorty Long's biggest hit was Here Comes the Judge in 1968. The song was inspired by a comic act on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In about a judge by Pigmeat Markham. Long had talent to play instruments and was the only one besides Smokey Robinson who was allowed to produce his own recordings. On June 29, 1969, Long and a friend drowned when their boat overturn on the Detroit River in Michigan.