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Lonnie McIntosh (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016), known by his stage name Lonnie Mack, was an American rock music artist whose recordings drew from the full range of black and white Southern roots music influences. Although he spent much of his career in the shadows of "semi-obscurity", he is considered "one of the most important and influential" rock guitarists of his era and one of the great singers of blue-eyed soul.
He made his mark in 1963, with his hit singles, Memphis and Wham!, and his debut album, The Wham of that Memphis Man, all for a small Cincinnati label, Fraternity Records. In them, he showcased a revolutionary new guitar style that added "edgy, aggressive, loud, and fast" blues solos to the established chords-and-riffs format of early rock guitar. Soon, Mack's style "became a model" for emerging lead guitarists of two new genres: first blues-rock; then Southern rock. In the process, it raised the bar for rock guitar proficiency to new heights and gave the electric guitar a crucial push in its rise to the top of soloing instruments in rock.
Early in these developments, the British Invasion dealt Mack a temporary career setback. He marked time with R&B session work until the height of the blues-rock era in 1968, when Rolling Stone magazine rediscovered his pioneering blues-rock debut recordings and Elektra Records moved him to Los Angeles for a three-album contract. However, his multi-genre Elektra recordings downplayed his guitar, drawing a tepid response from his blues-rock audience and leaving him unhappy with his own efforts. In 1971, a disillusioned Mack left Elektra, Los Angeles, and commercial rock for a relaxed country lifestyle and a protracted, low-profile venture in country music.
In 1985, with an assist from his blues-rock disciple, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mack re-emerged with a five-year "full-fledged comeback" in rock, including four albums, celebrity guitarist sit-ins, and a concert at Carnegie Hall. He released his final album in 1990, but carried on as an independent small-venue performer until 2004.

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