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Lonnie Mack

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Birth Name: Lonnie McIntosh
Born: 1941/07/18
Birth Place: Dearborn County, Indiana, United States
Years Active: 1954–present
Genres: Blues-rock, Blues, Country, Southern Rock, Rockabilly, Blue-Eyed Soul, Bluegrass, Gospel

Lonnie Mack (born Lonnie McIntosh, 18 July 1941, Dearborn County, Indiana) is an American rock and blues guitarist/vocalist. In the early 1960s, he recorded several full-length electric guitar instrumentals which combined blues stylism with fast-picking techniques and a rock 'n' roll beat, the best-known of which are "Memphis", "Wham!", "Chicken Pickin'" and "Suzie-Q". Mack's instrumentals from this period set a new standard of virtuosity for a generation of rock guitarists and formed the leading edge of the "blues-rock" guitar genre. Reportedly, the tremolo arm commonly found on electric guitars became known as the "whammy bar" in recognition of Mack's aggressive use of it in 1963's "Wham!... Continue Bio >>

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