His real name was William H. Godwin, sometimes called "Shorty".
He was also known as "Hiram Hayseed". At one time he was part
of Mack Jeffers group "Mack Jeffers and his Fiddlin' Farmers" over
radio station WWVA out of Wheeling, WV. He was born in southern
Georgia on a farm, then his family moved to Texas when he was four,
where he grew up in the heart of the cotton belt in that state.
In a souvenir folio of the Fiddlin' Farmers published in 1942,
"Hiram" indicates that he had been in show business since 1916, diong
vaudeville under the stage name of "The Texas Cotton Picker". He
played two "seasons" with Otto Grey's "Oklahoma Cowboys" and also
with Ken Hackley's "Oklahoma Cowboys".
Later, we find that "Hiram Hayseed" is part of the Doc Williams and the Border Riders
Shorty was five feet six inches in height and weighed around 135 pounds,
with grey eyes and sandy hair.