Lonnie Mack ‎– The Wham Of That Memphis Man!

Fraternity Records ‎– F-1014
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Wham!
Written-By – Lonnie Mack
A2 Where There's A Will
Written-By – L. Williams*
A3 The Bounce
Written-By – Fizer*, Lewis*, Ward*
A4 I'll Keep You Happy
Written-By – Hank Ballard
A5 Memphis
Written-By – Chuck Berry
B1 Baby What's Wrong
Written-By – Jimmy Reed
B2 Down And Out
Written-By – Lonnie Mack
B3 Satisfied
Written-By – Martha Carson
B4 Suzie-Q
Written-By – Hawkins*, Broadwater*, Lewis*
B5 Why
Written-By – Lonnie Mack
B6 Down In The Dumps
Written-By – Lonnie Mack

Companies, etc.



Label variation: album title printed below the spindle hole on one line, not split over 2 lines.

Pressed by RCA Victor Custom Record Dept.

Reverse tip-on sleeve, no printing on spine
Pictured on back cover: (left to right) Marv Lieberman, Ron Grayson, Wayne Bullock, Truman Fields, Irv Russotto, and Lonnie Mack

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, Side A): PR4M-3452
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, Side B): PR4M-3453
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A): PR4M-3452-1B Ω
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B): PR4M-3453-1B Ω



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March 9, 2013
edited over 8 years ago

Essential! Stereo version on Fraternity with deep groove, cat. no. SF 1014 is available and a stunner. John Peel once stated that he was using „ Baby what’s wrong?“ to impress a lassie with the effects of stereo. Way back then, in 1964 Lonnie Mack was an amazing singer and guitarist, using a Gibson Flying V plugged into an amp with a rotating Leslie Speaker generally employed by musicians applying their craft to a B3 Hammond Organ. Thus Lonnie could increase his intense and searing tone, like an R'n'B version of Dick Dale.
His sole problem appears to have been at this very climax of his artistic achievements, that he might have been more successful had he been either black (possibly also the problem of Ella Mae Morse ten years earlier and Mitch Ryder in a few years to come) or British: it was not appropriate for a white US American artist to sound that tormented and urgent. „Why?“ is a song, where you may ask yourself: Is that lad going round the bend? As if there were but a small dividing line between forsaken love and lunacy. And we all know that is certainly NOT the case. And Why? is a good song as well.
If there was a chart for records unfairly forgotten, this might deserve being considered for inclusion. For all lovers of Magic Sam, Chuck Berry, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf and Jimi Hendrix – all the major league blues welders and belters at that time. Like Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield rolled in one, but a couple years before East/West came out.