Lonnie Mack Biography (Wikipedia)
Lonnie McIntosh (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016), known by his stage name Lonnie Mack, was a pioneer of blues-rock music and rock guitar soloing.
In 1963, he released his debut album, The Wham of that Memphis Man, which included two hit singles, Memphis and Wham!. The album's vocals earned Mack a reputation as one of the all-time great singers of blue-eyed soul but his name is more widely associated with the album's guitar tunes. In them, Mack added "edgy, aggressive, loud, and fast" blues solos to the established chords-and-riffs format of early rock guitar. Mack's instrumental's raised the bar for rock guitar proficiency and played a key role in the electric guitar's rise to the top of soloing instruments in rock. As the '60s progressed, Mack's guitar style became a "model" for the emerging lead guitarists of blues rock and Southern rock.
In early 1964, the "British Invasion" displaced many American artists, including Mack, from the pop music charts. He marked time until 1968, the height of the blues-rock era, when Rolling Stone magazine rediscovered his debut album, and Los Angeles' Elektra Records signed him to a three-album contract. He began performing in major venues, but his multi-genre Elektra recordings were only modestly successful. He left Elektra and Los Angeles in 1971. Over the next fourteen years he was a low-profile country music recording artist, roadhouse performer, sideman, and music-venue proprietor.
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