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Guadalupe “Shorty” Ortiz (1941–2020), Tejano music legend

by Linnea Crowther

Guadalupe “Shorty” Ortiz was a Tejano musician known for leading Shorty and the Corvetts as well as Mariachi Corbetas.

Tejano stardom

A singer and multi-instrumentalist who played guitar, bass, and keyboards, Ortiz began recording in his teens and had an early hit with “Un Ratito.” He was nominated for a Tejano Music Award for the track at age 19. With the Corvetts, he had another hit covering the Johnny Ace blues ballad “Pledging My Love,” adding Tejano flair to make it his own. In later years, he formed Mariachi Corbetas along with his son and grandson.

Tributes to Guadalupe “Shorty” Ortiz

Full obituary: Austin American-Statesman

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