April 23, 2016

"Guitarist and vocalist Lonnie Mack, known as one of rock’s first true guitar heroes..."

"... died Thursday, April 21, of natural causes at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tennessee. He was 74."
His early instrumental recordings—including "Wham!" and "Memphis"—influenced many of rock's greatest players, including [Stevie Ray] Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Keith Richards and Jimmy Page...

14 comments:

MadisonMan said...

I'm appreciating that this post -- complete with pirated video 'For Preview Only' -- sits atop one complaining about appropriating Prince's name/symbol for any cause.

traditionalguy said...

Mack's music was what we loved in the South. Not that American Bandstand fluff. It is an Andy Jackson thing.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Lonnie Mack and Twangin’ Eddy.

Here’s my ring we’re going steady.

Ann Althouse said...

"I'm appreciating that this post -- complete with pirated video 'For Preview Only' -- sits atop one complaining about appropriating Prince's name/symbol for any cause."

I assume that Lonnie Mack wanted the media getting his reputation out there (and so did the estate of Stevie Ray Vaughn). They could get it taken down. It's up, so I think the spread of the music is wanted, and if I heard otherwise I'd take it down. I assume I'm doing Lonnie Mack's reputation a big favor. If I'm wrong about that, I would want to take it down. I know, with respect to Prince, that he did not want it. He had a different approach to his reputation, closely guarded. So I'm not being incoherent or inconsistent.

Ann Althouse said...

Anyway, what does "preview only" mean? We're previewing it... whatever that means. How do you "preview" something? When you're viewing it, you're viewing it. How are you somehow viewing it before viewing it?

I know. There's a George Carlin routine about this. Wish we could preview it.

Ann Althouse said...

I did a new post with the George Carlin video.

Unknown said...

Go get it! Great video of just a couple guys having some fun.

Phil 3:14 said...

Professor a bit testy?

Phil 3:14 said...

Great guitar work but I have to admit the never ending improvisation on the three chord blues riff gets tiresome aftermawhile, particularly if not high.

madAsHell said...

Wow! I used to consider myself an avid guitar player, follower, but I must reconsider, because I am not acquainted with Lonnie Mack.

John said...

YouTube has ways to prevent embedding or wide access when the video is uploaded. I am guessing that this was just uploaded in the standard way and thus linking to it is fine. Linking what embedding is, the does not actually reside on the blog. It is not like you downloaded the video from YouTube and then reloaded it.

And with all the dead folks, you missed that Chyna died the other day. She was a pro wrestler and had a clit bigger than Donald Trump's fingers.

John Henry

Fernandinande said...

Phil 3:14 said...
Great guitar work but I have to admit the never ending improvisation on the three chord blues riff gets tiresome aftermawhile, particularly if not high.


SRV gets tedious quickly.

"When Richards and Mack (see pic below) started trading blues licks... there was no doubt about who all eyes were focused on. Whenever guitarists get up in public to jam together, there's anelement of the cutting contest. At the Lone Star Mack was, for all his smiles, laying into Keith Richards with every lick he had. In front of his own band, he tore off runs that - on a technical level - Keith couldn't hope to match. The remarkable quality about Keith Richards, though, was that he obviously didn't care. The faster Mack soloed the more Keith smiled and nodded - and when it was Keith's turn to burn he just choked that guitar in the signature primitive Berry/Exile/Richards style. By virtue of being so at ease with himself and his instrument, he sounded just great. Lonnie Mack, for all his moves, didn't win that cutting session. Keith Richards took it by virtue of being not a man playing a guitar, but a man who was part of a guitar. It was way past right or wrong. It was just KEITH. The way Keith played was the way Keith walked and thought and breathed."

I'd give my right arm to be able to play like this weird guy "William Tell Overture Finale/The Lone Ranger Meets Metal"

Phil 3:14 said...

Sweet video Ferdie

chickelit said...

Nice post, Althouse.

Thank you.