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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Lonnie Mack born 18 July 1941

Lonnie Mack (born Lonnie McIntosh, 18 July 1941, Dearborn County, Indiana) is an influential rock and blues guitarist.

Lonnie was born in 1941 in Harrison, Indiana - some twenty miles west of Cincinnati. From family sing-alongs he developed a love of country music, while he absorbed rhythm and blues from the
late-night black radio stations and gospel from his local church. Starting off with a few chords that he learned from his mother, Lonnie gradually blended all the sounds he heard around him into his own individual style.

He began playing professionally in his early teens (he quit school after a fight with his sixth-grade teacher), working clubs and roadhouses around the tri-state border area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. In 1958, he bought the guitar he still plays today - Gibson Flying V serial number 7. In addition to his live gigs, Lonnie began playing sessions for the King and Fraternity labels in Cincinnati. He recorded with blues and r&b greats like Hank Ballard, Freddie King and James Brown.

In 1963, at the end of another artist's session, Lonnie cut an instrumental version of Chuck Berry's "Memphis." He didn't even know that Fraternity had issued the single until he heard it on the

radio, and within a few weeks "Memphis" had hit the national Top 5! Lonnie Mack went from being a talented regional roadhouse player to a national star virtually overnight.

Suddenly, he was booked for hundreds of gigs a year, crisscrossing the country in his Cadillac and rushing back to Cincinnati or Nashville to cut new singles. "Wham!," "Where There's A Will 
There's A Way," "Chicken Pickin'" and a dozen other records followed "Memphis." None sold as well as his first hit, but there was enough reaction to keep him on the road for another five years of grueling one-nighters.

Fraternity Records died, but Lonnie kept on gigging, and in 1968 a Rolling Stone article stimulated new interest in his music. He signed with Elektra Records and cut three albums. Elektra also reissued his original Fraternity LP, The Wham Of That Memphis

Man (now available on Alligator Records). He began playing all the major rock venues, from Fillmore East to Fillmore West/ Lonnie also made a guest appearance on the Doors' Morrison Hotel album. You can hear Lonnie's guitar solo on "Roadhouse Blues," preceded by Jim Morrison's urgent "Do it, Lonnie! Do it!" He even worked in Elektra's A&R department. When the label merged with giant Warner Brothers, however, Lonnie grew disgusted with the new bureaucracy and walked out of his prestigious job. The seventies would turn out to be Mack’s lost decade. Save for two country releases in 1977, nothing was added to his discography between the years of 1972 and 1984.

Lonnie began his re-emergence on the national scene in November

of 1983.At Stevie Ray Vaughan's urging; he relocated from southern Indiana to Austin, Texas. He began jamming with Stevie Ray in local clubs and flying to New York for gigs at the Lone Star and the Ritz. Strike Likr Lightning (AL 4739), for Alligator records was released co-produced by Lonnie and Stevie Ray and featuring Stevie's guitar on several tracks. The joint effort was one of 1985's best selling independent records and topped many critics' "Best Of" list for that year.

Lonnie Mack's career traces the history of rock and roll. Drawing from influences as diverse as rhythm and blues, country, gospel and rockabilly, Lonnie has won the hearts of fans worldwide. He is revered by a new generation of rock performers. He has played 
everywhere from tiny roadhouse clubs to huge rock showcases and national television. He has recorded for major labels and indies alike.

Despite reports of his demise, Lonnie Mack lives in a log house in the hills of Tennessee, where he occupies himself as a songwriter. In recent years, Mack has occasionally appeared at benefit concerts and special events. On November 15, 2008, Mack was a featured performer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 13th annual Music Masters Tribute Concert, soloing on "Wham!" in honor of electric guitar pioneer Les Paul. On June 5–6, 2010, Mack appeared in concert with the surviving members of his original band. Reportedly, he has been working on a memoir and is engaged in a songwriting collaboration with award-winning country and blues tunesmith Bobby Boyd.(info edited from various sources mainly

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Lonnie Mack's From Nashville to Memphis go here:

01. Soul Serenade (2:40)
02. Nashville (2:23)
03. No More Pain (2:12)
04. Blues Twist Part 1 (2:04)
05. Blues Twist Part 2 (3:02)
06. Tonky-Go-Go (2:11)
07. She Don't Come Here Anymore (2:12)
08. Honky Tonk '65 (2:44)
09. Buckaroo (2:02)
10. I Left My Heart In San Francisco (2:13)
11. Omaha (2:27)
12. Crying Over You (2:54)
13. Coastin' (2:52)
14. When I'm Alone (1:58)
15. The Circus Song (2:11)
16. Are You Guilty? (2:24)
17. Wildwood Flower (2:09)
18. Don't Make My Baby Blue (2:18)
19. Down In The Dumps (2:23)
20. Any Day Now (2:56)
21. Teacha (2:37)
22. Doggin' (2:31)
23. Instrumental #1 (3:21)
24. I'm So Satisfied (2:26)
25. Goodbye Baby Goodbye (2:16)
26. Memphis (2:31)