In Memoriam
Shorty Boyd


           Wilmer Lamar Boyd was born March 23, 1928 at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He acquired the nickname “Shorty” in elementary school, and it stuck forever. He grew up in several small Georgia towns. At the age of seven, he played a guitar professionally for the first time. After a stint in the Navy during World War II, he became interested in playing the steel guitar.

         Shorty and his friend, Mac Acheson actually built several steel guitars, including the first one Shorty owned. He later bought a ZB, one of the last guitars hand-built by Zane Beck and continued to play it until his death. During his lifetime, he played in bands with several well-known Atlanta musicians, including Dude King and Jack Greene. In the 1960s, he was a member of the Cherokees, with Dude King playing rhythm guitar, Jerry Shook playing lead guitar and Jack Greene playing drums.

           The Cherokees were the house band at the East Point Auditorium and played for country music stars such as Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and others when they were booked into the auditorium. There is actually a recording on “The Patsy Cline Collection” with their band playing three songs. The recording was acquired from the Mary Carter Paint Company, the sponsor for the show at the auditorium.

        In 1972, he met Patsy Price through a group called “Country Gold” and they were married in 1973. Since their marriage, they played in various groups from time to time. They had 9 children they called “yours” and “mine” and many well-loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.






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