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Lonnie Mack

American blues singer

Died when: 74 years 278 days (897 months)
Star Sign: Cancer

 

Lonnie Mack

Lonnie McIntosh (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016), known as Lonnie Mack, was an American singer-guitarist.He performed and recorded in several popular genres, and was an influential trailblazer of melodic soloing in Rock guitar.

Mack emerged in 1963 with the LP, The Wham of that Memphis Man, which earned him lasting renown as both a blue-eyed soul singer and a lead guitar innovator.

In the album's instrumental tracks, Mack added "edgy, aggressive, loud, and fast" melodies and runs to the chords-and-riffs format of early rock guitar.

These tracks raised the bar for rock guitar proficiency and represented a key early step in the electric guitar's climb to the top of soloing instruments in rock.

They also soon served as a prototype for lead guitarists of two emerging sub-genres, blues-rock and Southern rock.Shortly after the album's release, however, the massively popular "British Invasion" hit American shores, and Mack's career "withered on the vine".

He marked time until 1968, when Rolling Stone magazine rediscovered him and Elektra Records signed him to a three-album contract.He was soon performing in major venues, but his multi-genre Elektra albums downplayed his lead guitar and blues-rock appeal and record sales were modest.

Mack left Elektra in 1971.He spent the next fourteen years as a low-profile multi-genre recording artist, roadhouse performer, sideman, and music-venue proprietor.

In 1985, Mack resurfaced with a successful blues-rock LP, Strike Like Lightning, a promotional tour featuring celebrity guitarist sit-ins, and a concert at Carnegie Hall with guitarists Roy Buchanan and Albert Collins.

In 1990, he released another well-received blues-rock album, Lonnie Mack Live!Attack of the Killer V, then retired from recording.He continued to perform, mostly in small venues, until 2004.


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