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Lonnie Mack

Lonnie Mack

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birthday
18th
July, 1941
Death
21st
April, 2016
Birth Place
West Harrison, Indiana, United States
Birth Sign
cancer
Biography

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 is recognized as a pioneer of blues-rock music and rock guitar melodic soloing.
Mack emerged in 1963 with the LP, The Wham of that Memphis Man. The album earned him lasting renown as both a blue-eyed soul singer and a rock guitar innovator. In the album’s instrumental tracks, Mack introduced “edgy, aggressive, loud, and fast” blues melodies and runs to the chords-and-riffs format of early rock guitar. These tracks elevated the standard for rock guitar proficiency and led early in the electric guitar’s rise to the top of melodic soloing instruments in rock. As the 1960s progressed, Mack’s guitar style served as a prototype for lead guitarists of two new genres, blues-rock and its stylistic cousin, 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 blues-rock appeal and record sales were modest. Mack left Elektra in 1971. He spent the next fourteen years as a low-profile country music 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 smaller venues, until 2004.

instruments played
Guitar
Vocals
Associated Acts

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Birth Name

Lonnie McIntosh

Genres

Blues-rock, blue-eyed soul, blues, country, Southern rock, rockabilly, gospel, bluegrass

Labels

Fraternity, Elektra, Alligator, Capitol, Jewel, King, Ace, Epic, Flying V, Sage, Dobbs

Years Active

1954 2004

Name

Lonnie Mack

Nationality

United States of America

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