Shorty Medlocke

Shorty Medlocke (born Paul Robert Medlock, 20 July 1912 – 6 August 1982)[1] was an American blues, country and bluegrass musician and banjo player. He is the grandfather of Rickey Medlocke of the Southern rock bands Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd.[2] Despite his stage name "Medlocke" his real surname officially is spelled without an "e" on the end.[1]

Shorty Medlocke
OriginUnited States
GenresDelta blues, hard rock
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician
InstrumentsHarmonica, banjo, guitar
Years active19791982
Associated actsBlackfoot

Starting in 1969, Shorty made contributions to Blackfoot's music. He wrote the Top 40 hit "Train Train" (released on the album Strikes), and played harmonica on the track.[2] For the follow-up album Tomcattin', Shorty co-wrote the song "Fox Chase" and gave the song a short introduction.[3] For Marauder, Shorty co-wrote "Rattlesnake Rock 'n' Roller" and played banjo on the track.[4] Shorty had also appeared on Blackfoot's 1975 debut album, No Reservations, singing a version of "Railroad Man" (which he also wrote).


  1. Find A Grave Paul Robert “Shorty” Medlock
  2. Greatest Hits liner notes. Flashback Records.
  3. "Fox Chase." Tomcattin', track 10.
  4. "Rattlesnake Rock 'n' Roller." Marauder, track 8.

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