The Wham Of That Memphis Man! Lonnie Mack


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHM 1134

This product is also available in these versions:
The Wham Of That Memphis Man! (MP3), MP3 (£7.99)

A new repackaged edition of the influential Flying V guitar hero’s classic debut album.

Few albums have received the level of critical acclaim Lonnie Mack’s “The Wham Of That Memphis Man!” has enjoyed down the years. Despite never entering the US Top 100 it has been re-discovered and re-issued many times during its 52-year lifespan, kept alive by devoted admirers who loved the music and were driven to proselytise on its behalf. Just as remarkable is that the groundbreaking blend of black blues and gospel with white countrified rock’n’roll – when delivered with Lonnie’s distinctive guitar and voice – still retains the power to startle and generates the same spellbound admiration that greeted its original release on Cincinnati’s Fraternity label. Credited as one of the principal instigators of blue-eyed soul as well as the inspiration for southern rock, roadhouse bar-blues and the legion of blues-based guitar-slingers that plied their trade throughout the 60s, 70s and beyond, Lonnie Mack may not be a household name but he was one of the genuine giants of music.

The album was issued in October 1963 and reached #103 on the charts. It came as a revelation to those who heard it, there having been nothing quite like it before. Lonnie’s road-seasoned crew – saxmen Irving Rusotto and Marvin Leiberman, pianist Fred Stemmerding, bassist Wayne Bullock and drummer Ron Grayson – provided a rock solid, bluesy canvas on which he could display his formidable instrumental skills. His performances were outstanding on every track – lightning-fast guitar runs punctuated with amazing string-bends and piercing staccato notes repeated like swift jabs to the stomach. His guitar sound was unique, with something of an organ-like character to the tone. The combined effect of his sound and the effortless virtuosity he displayed put most other instrumentalists in the shade.

His vocal recordings were also impressive, with gospel screams and anguished yells adding passion and power throughout. His heart-stopping performance on his composition ‘Why’ was shattering. By contrast his uplifting vocal on Martha Carson’s up-tempo ‘Satisfied’ swings sweetly and is transformed, with help from Cincinnati girl group the Charmaines, from country to a joyful gospel meeting. The Charmaines’ contributions to ‘Where There’s A Will’, ‘Why’, ‘Baby, What’s Wrong’ and the soulful rendition of Hank Ballard’s ‘I’ll Keep You Happy’ are also sublime. Even Lonnie’s instrumental reading of the Olympics’ ‘The Bounce’ is much elevated by their presence. They are the perfect foil to Lonnie’s blue-eyed soul voice, their very blackness adding depth and contrast – truly a union made in heaven.

Lonnie died on 21 April 2016 at the age of 74. He left five children as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This new repackaged edition of “The Wham Of That Memphis Man!” was planned before we heard of his death but it will stand as a fine memorial to the great man. There is no doubt the album will continue to delight old fans and make fresh converts of anyone fortunate enough to be hearing it for the first time. There is no greater tribute we can pay than to say his music will live on.

Dave Burke & Alan Taylor
Pipeline Magazine


Track listing


Delivery & Returns


We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Press quotes



Record Collector

Customer reviews


Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought