Lonnie Mack

Blues-rock Guitarist and Vocalist
Born Jul 18, 1941

Lonnie Mack is an American rock, blues and country guitarist and vocalist. In 1963 and early 1964, he recorded a succession of full-length electric guitar instrumentals which combined blues stylism with fast-picking techniques and a rock 'n' roll beat. The best-known of these are "Memphis", "Wham!", and "Chicken Pickin'".… Read More

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One of five children, he was born to parents Robert and Sarah Sizemore McIntosh on July 18, 1941, in West Harrison, Indiana. … Read More


1954 12 Years Old Mack dropped out of school in 1954, at the age of thirteen, after a fight with a teacher. … Read More
1958 16 Years Old 1 More Event
By the age of seventeen, in 1958, he was using the stage-name "Lonnie Mack". … Read More
1959 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, he played guitar on two singles of "The Logan Valley Boys", a band featuring his older cousins, Aubrey Holt and Harley Gabbard. … Read More


Mack was a "ground-breaker" in virtuoso rock guitar soloing. In his 1963 hit singles, "Memphis" and "Wham!", he "attacked the strings with fast, aggressive single-string phrasing and a seamless rhythm style", to produce a previously-unheard sound that was "savagely wild but perfectly controlled". … Read More
1964 - 1966 2 More Events
1967 25 Years Old …  The uncredited guitar solo which was Brown's 1967 instrumental hit, "Stone Fox", has been attributed to both Mack and Troy Seals. … Read More
1968 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, with the blues-rock and guitar-soloing movements approaching full force, Mack was re-discovered by Elektra Records. … Read More
In contrast to The Wham of that Memphis Man, both 1969 albums emphasized Mack's vocals and de-emphasized his guitar work. … Read More
1970 28 Years Old In 1970, Elektra also reissued a "Collectors" edition of his 1964 debut album. … Read More
1971 29 Years Old Mack's final Elektra album, The Hills of Indiana, was released in 1971. … Read More


1973 31 Years Old Between 1973 and 1978, Mack recorded several country-flavored albums that went largely unnoticed at the time, although some garnered favorable reviews many years later.
1975 33 Years Old In 1975, Mack was shot during an altercation with an off-duty police officer. … Read More
1977 35 Years Old Mack recovered, but for the next several years he kept a low profile, performing locally at his "Friendship Music Park" in rural southern Indiana (a venue he provided for bluegrass and traditional country artists) and at a 1977 "Save the Whales" benefit concert in Japan.
1979 37 Years Old In 1979, Mack began working on an independent country album entitled "South" with a friend, producer-songwriter Ed Labunski. … Read More


1983 41 Years Old 1 More Event
His first album from this period was Live at Coco's, a Kentucky roadhouse performance recorded in 1983. … Read More
1984 - 1986 2 More Events
1988 46 Years Old In 1988, he moved to Epic Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed rockabilly album, Roadhouses and Dance Halls, including the autobiographical single, "Too Rock For Country".
1989 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Mack performed on Saturday Night Live, as the guest of the SNL house band's guitarist.


2000 58 Years Old In 2000, he appeared as a guest artist on the album Franktown Blues, by the sons of blues legend Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. … Read More


2004 - 2009 3 More Events
2010 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Mack was scheduled to close out the Clearwater (FL) Blues Festival on February 21, 2010, but had to cancel due to inability to assemble a band in time, and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers took his place.
2011 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, he was working on a memoir and engaged in a songwriting collaboration with award-winning country and blues tunesmith Bobby Boyd.
2012 71 Years Old In 2012, guitarist Travis Wammack asked Mack to join him on a tour to be billed as the "Double Mack Attack". … Read More
2016 75 Years Old Lonnie Mack died of natural causes on April 21, 2016, at a country hospital near his log-cabin home, seventy miles east of Nashville, Tennessee. … Read More
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