Guitar Shorty

Genres: Blues
Descriptive "tags": blues blues rock guitar bluesrock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: VIAF Wikipedia


David William Kearney, 8 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA. A penchant for acrobatics disguises Shorty’s real talent as a blues guitarist. He grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, where his uncle Willie Quarterman introduced him to the guitar. At 17 he was playing in the house band at Tampa’s Club Royal, where he first acquired his stage name. A year later, he went to Chicago with singer Clarence Jolly and recorded a single, ‘You Don’t Treat Me Right’, for Cobra Records. After returning to Florida, he toured with Ray Charles and Guitar Slim, whose own onstage antics led him to incorporate flips into his act. By 1959, he was in Los Angeles, where he recorded three singles for the Pull label. He then spent the next five years touring through Canada, before settling in Seattle and marrying Jimi Hendrix’s step-sister, Marsha.

While continuing to work up and down the west coast, it was not until 1985 that he had another...

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