The music world lost a true legend on April 21st. Guitarist Lonnie Mack was a major influence on both American and British guitarists in the 1960’s after bursting onto the scene with the instrumental classic “Wham!” (I wrote an article for BG in 2013 about Lonnie.)
I was on the road with B.B. King for 2 years when I was younger, and I always ran into Lonnie. He was always very willing to share things about his playing technique with me, and had countless great stories. One of my favorites was how he came close to being a household name with his solo on The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” only to have people to this day think that Jim Morrison is yelling out “Do it Robbie do it!” instead of “Do it Lonnie do it!” He always laughed it off, though, and also told me he came this close to kicking Morrison’s ass in the studio as his patience ran thin with the singer’s antics. Lonnie was all about making music, and wasting time for partying and whatnot with Morrison did not sit well with him. Nevertheless, he recorded a classic solo on “Roadhouse” and he said all was cool between him and Jim at the end.