SMITHVILLE, Tenn., April 22 (UPI) — Blues guitarist and vocalist Lonnie Mack died near his home in Tennessee at the age of 74, according to a statement by record label Alligator Records.
The Chicago-based record label released a statement saying that Mack died of natural causes on April 21 at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tenn.
He began playing music professionally as a teen and effectively coined the term “whammy bar” for his use of the tremolo bar on his iconic Gibson Flying V in the song “Wham!”
Mack was inducted into the International Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2001 and the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame in 2005.
He was born Lonnie McIntosh on July 18, 1941 in West Harrison, Ind., and is survived by five children and by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.