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Guitar Shortys Playlist

1 Im So Glad I Met You
2 Hey Koe
3 My Baby Loves To Do The Bump
4 The Blues Done Get Me
5 You Dont Treat Me Right

Guitar Shorty is capable of almost anything. His wildman stage antics have become the stuff of legend and at any given time you might see him doing back flips, somersaults or headstands right in the middle of songs.

William David Kearney was born in Houston in 1939 and raised by his grandmother in Kissimee, Fla. By age 6, he was fascinated by the guitar and got some rudimentary lessons from an uncle before he got a formal tutor.

Even then, his musical acumen was highly advanced. "I learned so fast I was always two or three pages ahead of the teacher," Shorty recalls.

By 14, he was a professional musician and soon found himself on the road with talents such as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Rush. Because of his age and size, one club owner christened him "Guitar Shorty" and four decades later the nickname remains.

Shorty's inspiration for his stage act was the legendary Guitar Slim, who would ride on his valet's shoulders as he played. Watching the reaction of the audience, Shorty needed no more encouragement to develop his own version of stage excitement. His showmanship has reportedly inspired such prominent musicians as Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, Shorty's late brother-in-law.

But don't let these stage antics distract you. Guitar Shorty is one incendiary guitar player, capable of guitar pyrotechnics every bit as exciting as a backflip off the stage. Maybe that's why Shorty's career has lasted so long. Little Milton, Johnny Copeland and T-Bone Walker all found him a worthy candidate for their bands.

So there is Guitar Shorty, a bundle of blazing guitar, soul-deep vocals and a no-holds barred stage show. We told you he was capable of almost anything.