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Shorty Barnhill
Born:  January 31, 1928
Died:  August 26, 2001

About The Artist

We have found very little in the way of information about Emery G. Barnhill, who was known to country music fans as "Shorty Barnhill" except for a short article that a fan by the name of Carol Fleischer wrote to Country Song Roundup in 1960.

He was born in Columbus County, North Carolina. His nickname "Shorty" comes from the fact that he was just five feet tall in his boots. The radio folks back in North Carolina called him that "Columbus County Boy".

His career appears to have taken him westward. Ms. Fleischer did write that he recorded for the Inland Empire label - "I'm a Sad Sack" b/w "Beautiful Carolinas".

A December 1959 Billboard magazine article notes that Charley Ryan ("Hot Rod Lincoln") was starting a new show called the "Northwest Jubilee" at the Spokane Coliseum. On January 10, 1960, Shorty was one of the acts booked to be on the first show. Other acts included Cliff Carl, Gary Stewart and Judy Olson.

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 66; May 1960; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Billboard Magazine; December 14, 1959;

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5313 A Every Hour Of The Day
  5313 B Sympathy
  779 A I'm A Sad Sack
  779 B Beautiful Carolinas

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