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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1941 Birth Born on July 18, 1941.


Best known for his 1963 instrumental, "Memphis", he has been called "a pioneer in rock guitar soloing" and a "ground-breaker" in lead guitar virtuosity.
1967 25 Years Old …  The uncredited guitar solo on Brown's 1967 instrumental, "Stone Fox", has been attributed to both Mack and Troy Seals. … Read More
Although better-known as a guitarist, Mack was a double-threat performer from the outset. A 1968 feature article in Rolling Stone magazine rated Mack a better gospel singer than Elvis Presley, who earned all of his Grammys as a gospel singer. … Read More
1969 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In contrast to The Wham of that Memphis Man, both 1969 albums emphasized Mack's vocals and de-emphasized his guitar work. … 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 In 1973, Mack teamed up with Rusty York on an all-acoustic bluegrass LP, Dueling Banjos (QCA No. 304). … Read More
In 1974, Mack played lead guitar in Dobie Gray's band. … Read More
1975 33 Years Old In 1975, Mack was shot during an altercation with an off-duty police officer. … Read More
1977 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977, Mack signed with Capitol Records. … Read More
1978 - 1979 2 More Events
1981 39 Years Old Mack's guitar work from this period can be heard on Hawkins' 1981 solo album, Legend In His Spare Time. … Read More


1983 41 Years Old 1 More Event
His first album from this period was Live at Coco's, recorded in 1983. … Read More
1984 - 1988 3 More Events
1989 47 Years Old In 1989, Mack performed on Saturday Night Live, as the special guest of the SNL house band's guitarist.
1990 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Mack's final commercial album as a featured artist, "Attack of the Killer V!", was recorded live in 1990. … Read More


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


2008 67 Years Old 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. … Read More
2010 69 Years Old On June 5–6, 2010, Mack appeared in concert with the surviving members of his original band.
2011 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, he released some informally-recorded compositions on his website, including the acoustic blues single "The Times Ain't Right". … Read More
2012 71 Years Old …  In 2012, Mack's guitar was included in Rolling Stones list of "20 Iconic Guitars". … Read More
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