Guitar Shorty

Real Name:
David William Kearney
Profile:
(Born: September 8, 1934 – Died: April 20, 2022) was an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was known for his explosive guitar style and wild stage antics. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy,

Birth name David William Kearney
Born September 8, 1939
Houston, Texas
Genres Blues
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1950s — present
Labels Black Top, Alligator
Website http://www.guitarshorty.com

Shorty was born in Houston but grew up mainly in Kissimmee, Florida where he began playing the guitar at an early age and began leading a band not long after. During his time in Tampa Bay, Florida, at age 16 he received his nickname, Guitar Shorty, when it mysteriously showed up on the marquee of the club he was playing as 'The Walter Johnson Band featuring Guitar Shorty.' He steadily began to garner accloades from his peers and, soon after, he joined the Ray Charles Band for a year. He recorded his first single in 1957, "You Don't Treat Me Right", for the Cobra label under the direction of Willie Dixon after Dixon saw him playing with the Walter Johnson Orchestra.Eventually, he joined Guitar Slim's band and move to New Orleans, Louisiana.
While in New Orleans, Shorty also fronted his own band which played regularly at the Dew Drop Inn where he was joined by special guests such as T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard. Not one to stay in one place long, Shorty next moved to the West Coast at 19 in order to play with Sam Cooke. He played up and down the west coast and Canada until he met his future wife, Marcia, in Seattle, Washington. Marcia was the half-sister of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi was so enthralled with Shorty’s playing, he attended several of Shorty's gigs in the Seattle area. As Shorty’s popularity grew, he recorded three singles for the Los Angeles-based Pull Records label in 1959.
Shorty gigged steadily through the late 1950s and 1960s. During the 1970s he worked as a mechanic, playing music at nights and on weekends. He again became a full-time musician in 1975, struggling at times to make ends meet. In 1976 he made an appearance on Chuck Barris' Gong Show, winning first prize for performing the song "They Call Me Guitar Shorty" while balanced on his head.
In 1985, he released his first album On the Rampage on Olive Branch Records. He went on his first tour to the UK in 1991, and there he recorded “My Way or the Highway” with Otis Grand which came out on JSP Records that year. This won him a W.C. Handy Award and garnering him interest from labels in the United States. Shorty soon got a record deal with New Orleans based Black Top Records.
Topsy Turvy, his first on Black Top, came out in 1993. The album featured some fresh new songs as well as remakes of three classic numbers from his Pull days back in 1959. He released two more albums on Black Top in the 1990s. When Black Top folded in 1999, Shorty moved to Evidence Music, and released I Go Wild! in 2001.
In 2002, he was featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!, performing the song "Don't Let It Go (Hold On To What You Got)". He joined Alligator Records in 2004. His album that year, Watch Your Back and his 2006 album We the People both charted on the Billboard Top Blues Albums at numbers eleven and twelve, respectively.
A new Alligator Records CD ' Bare Knuckles was released in March 2010.
Another blues musician, John Henry Fortescue (1923–1976) on Trix Records was also named Guitar Shorty (2).
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Albums

ER 5456 On The Rampage — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty On The Rampage(LP) Olive Branch Records ER 5456 US 1989 Sell This Version
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CD 245, JSPCD 245 My Way On The Highway — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty And The Otis Grand Blues Band Guitar Shorty And The Otis Grand Blues Band - My Way On The Highway (Album) JSP Records, JSP Records CD 245, JSPCD 245 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
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BT-1094 Topsy Turvy — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Topsy Turvy (Album) Black Top Records BT-1094 US 1993 Sell This Version
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BT-1124, CD BT-1126 Get Wise To Yourself — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Get Wise To Yourself(CD, Album) Black Top Records, Black Top Records BT-1124, CD BT-1126 1995 Sell This Version
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COL-5724 Billie Jean Blues — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Billie Jean Blues(CD, Album) Collectables Records COL-5724 US 1996 Sell This Version
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COL-5725 The Blues Is Alright — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty The Blues Is Alright(CD) Collectables COL-5725 US 1996 Sell This Version
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CD BT-1147 Roll Over, Baby — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Roll Over, Baby (Album) Black Top Records CD BT-1147 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
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ECD 26119-2 I Go Wild! — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty I Go Wild!(CD, Album) Evidence (5) ECD 26119-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
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ALCD 4895 Watch Your Back — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Watch Your Back (Album) Alligator Records ALCD 4895 US 2004 Sell This Version
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ALCD 4911 We The People — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty We The People (Album) Alligator Records ALCD 4911 US 2006 Sell This Version
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ALCD 4934 Bare Knuckle — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Bare Knuckle (Album) Alligator Records ALCD 4934 US 2010 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

302B How Long Can It Last / Love, Loves — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty How Long Can It Last / Love, Loves(7", Single) Pull (3) 302B USA & Canada 1959 Sell This Version
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ER 4542 They Call Me Guitar Shorty — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty They Call Me Guitar Shorty(7", Single) Olive Branch Records ER 4542 US 1985 Sell This Version
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ER 4544 On The Rampage — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty On The Rampage(7", Single) Olive Branch Records ER 4544 US 1989 Sell This Version
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ER 4545 Mean Husband Blues — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Mean Husband Blues(7") Olive Branch Records ER 4545 US 1990 Sell This Version
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5017 Irma Lee — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Irma Lee(7") Cobra Record Corp. 5017 US Unknown Sell This Version
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107 Pumpkin Pie / I Never Thought — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Pumpkin Pie / I Never Thought(7") Pull (3) 107 US Unknown Sell This Version
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301 Hard Life / Ways Of A Man — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty Hard Life / Ways Of A Man(7") Pull (3) 301 US Unknown Sell This Version
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302 How Long Can It Last / Love, Loves — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty How Long Can It Last / Love, Loves(7", Single) Pull (3) 302 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Compilations

826663-10062 The Long And Short Of It (The Best Of Guitar Shorty) — Guitar Shorty Guitar Shorty The Long And Short Of It (The Best Of Guitar Shorty)(CD, Album, Comp) Shout! Factory 826663-10062 US 2006 Sell This Version