Guitar Virtuoso Lonnie Mack Dead At 74
Lonnie Mack's guitar playing influenced Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, among others.By Matt Picht | April 22, 2016
Pioneering guitarist Lonnie Mack has died of natural causes at the age of 74.
Mack started out as a session guitarist in Cincinnati until his instrumental cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee" stormed the charts. His music drew from many styles, including country, blues and rock.
Mack's guitar-playing had a deep influence on several other guitar virtuosos, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman and Keith Richards. He also helped popularize Gibson's Flying V model; the guitar's tremolo bar became known as a "whammy bar" after Mack's 1964 song "Wham!"