Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lonnie Mack, R. I. P.

Lonnie Mack, Singer and Guitarist Who Pioneered Blues-Rock, Dies at 74 - The New York Times: Lonnie Mack, a guitarist and singer whose impassioned, fast-picking style on the early 1960s instrumentals “Memphis” and “Wham!” became a model for the blues-rock lead-guitar style and a seminal influence on a long list of British and American artists, died on Thursday in Nashville. He was 74.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

4 comments:

Howard said...

Wow, Lonnie Mack. He was a favorite of mine just for "Memphis". I was a teenage kid listening to WLS "the big 89" from Chicago when this was a hit. I'm playing it now in my iTunes and it's just as good as I remembered. Surely this should be the song of the day tomorow? Please?

Bill Crider said...

I should've used it today. I have tomorrow's already scheduled, but I'll put "Memphis" up on Monday.

Howard said...

Here is another favorite of mine, gleaned from listening to WGN in the 80s. Steve King and Johnnie Putman used to play this one a lot during their all-night talk show. It's Lonnie with Stevie Ray Vaughn and features some awesome and rare acoustic guitar work from these two giants of electric guitar: the "Oreo Cookie Blues."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs6Mpq_iufA

Bill Crider said...

Good one!