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Oscar (Shorty) Shehan
Born:  October 26, 1923
Died:  August 6, 1983
Brown County Jamboree
WISH Indianapolis, IN
WJHL Johnson City, TN

About The Artist

Shorty Shehan was the star of a tv show that aired over WISH television in Indianapolis, Indiana called "Hillbilly Heaven" around 1955. A kind of modest fellow, they said he was "...the one with the pea brains and the big feet."

"Hillbilly Heaven" was aired every Saturday afternoon after the weekly college football or major league baseball game of the day. Shorty was featured on the show with his band called the "Pioneers".

Shorty was joined by Bill Brosch, the program director for WISH at the time. He was also on the radio version of the show for years with Shorty over WISH also. The radio show aired every day at 1:35pm and got the most mail of any show on the air at the time on WISH.

Shorty shared the stage at times with folks such as Rex Allen, Pat Buttram, Carolina Cotton, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jimpin' Bill Carlisle and Bill Monroe. He also appeared on such shows as the Grand Ole Opry, the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, and the Dover Jamboree.

Shorty was a member of the Brown County Jamboree cast every Saturday night when it was owned by Bill Monroe after he was done playing records each week.

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