HOBBS, ROY “SHORTY” (1912-1949)

A long-time associate of Kentucky legends Asa Martin and James (Carson) Roberts, Shorty Hobbs was playing mandolin and singing with Martin on Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, in the early 1930s. In the 1940s, he was at Renfro Valley and did a comedy act with “Little Eller Long.” In the late 1940s, he came to Middletown to appear on WPFB radio as a performer and deejay. Bobby Osborne played in a band with Shorty and Chuck Swain in his early days at WPFB.

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