Mack Simmons

Mack Simmons

Real Name:
Malcolm Simmons
Profile:
Little Mack Simmons (January 25, 1933 — October 24, 2000) was an African-American Chicago blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter.

Malcolm Simmons was born in Twist, Arkansas. In his youth he befriended James Cotton, and they grew up learning to play the harmonica. Simmons relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 18 and worked on the railroad. At this time Simmons made his stage debut with Robert Nighthawk.

In 1954 he moved again to Chicago, put together his own backing band, and had a five year residency at Cadillac Baby's. He commenced recording in 1959, issuing records on a number of labels including Chess. In the late 1950s and early 1960s Simmons recorded several more obscure singles, often simply billed as Little Mack (or Mac). Simmons went on to provide the opportunity for others talents to be seen. He owned and managed Chicago's Zodiac Lounge from the mid to late 1960s. In addition, he owned a recording studio and recorded on his own labels, PM Records (4) and Simmons Records (2). Simmons left the music industry at that time for the ministry, and was rarely heard in 30 years, notwithstanding an album he recorded in 1975 in Paris, France.

His return to blues music arrived with High & Lonesome (1995), which was an early success for St. George Records, an independent record label. Simmons' energetic style, accompanied by Studebaker John, belied his years. Come Back to Me Baby (1996), with featured sidemen John Primer, Willie Kent and Jake Dawson (guitarist) was also well received.

Simmons died in October 2000, of colon cancer, in his adopted hometown of Chicago, at the age of 67.
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Mack Simmons Discography Tracks

Albums

LP 449-A Mack Simmons Inflation Blues(LP) PM Records (4) LP 449-A US 1975 Sell This Version
33.514 Little Mac Simmons* Blue Lights(LP) Black And Blue 33.514 France 1976 Sell This Version
PMLP 1075 Reverend Ben Butler And Mack Simmons Reverend Ben Butler And Mack Simmons - When The Lord Stands By(LP) PM Records (4) PMLP 1075 US 1977 Sell This Version
120.884 CD Little Mack Simmons* Come Back To Me Baby(CD) Wolf Records (2) 120.884 CD Austria 1994 Sell This Version
STG 7704 Little Mack Simmons* High & Lonesome(CD, Album) St. George Records STG 7704 US 1995 Sell This Version
BB 450.2 Little Mack Simmons* Blue Lights(CD, Album) Blues Reference BB 450.2 France 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

109 Little Mac* Don't Come Back / Times Are Getting Tougher(7") Bea & Baby Records 109 US 1960 Sell This Version
Georgia Hinton* / Little Mack* Georgia Hinton* / Little Mack* - I Play For Keeps / I Need Love Checker US 1961 Sell This Version
991 Little Mack* I'm Happy Now / Don't Leave Me Now(7") Checker 991 US 1961 Sell This Version
118 Little Mac* I'm Your Fool / Let Hootenanny Blues (Out Of Jail)(7") Bea & Baby Records 118 US 1963 Sell This Version
BIS-No. 017 "Little" Mack Simmons* A Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Stop Looting And Rioting)(7") Biscayne Records BIS-No. 017 US 1968 Sell This Version
Little Mack Simmons* Never Leave My Homework Undone / Givin' Me A Hard Time (Single) Dud Sound Records US 1970 Sell This Version
4718 Little Mack Simmons* You Got To Help Me / Mother-In-Law Blues(7") Dud Sound Records 4718 US 1970 Sell This Version
4720 Little Mack* Goose Walk / Hard Times(7") Dud Sound Records 4720 US 1970 Sell This Version
MS-44941 Mack Simmons I'm Gonna Keep On Searching Till I Find Mine Part I / Rainy Night In Georgia(7") PM Records (4) MS-44941 US 1972 Sell This Version
Mack Simmons Snap Your Finger / Next Time You See Me Simmons Records (2) US 1974 Sell This Version
Kenya Collins* & Mac Simmons* Kenya Collins* & Mac Simmons* - Looking For The Same Thing PM Records (4), PM Records (4) US 1974 Sell This Version
PM-4723 Mac Simmons* Youre So Fine / Blue Light(7") PM Records (4) PM-4723 US 1974 Sell This Version
PM-103 Mac Simmons* You Got To Help Me(7", EP) PM Records (4) PM-103 US 1974 Sell This Version
PM101375 Mack Simmons And Jimmy Mitchell (3) Mack Simmons And Jimmy Mitchell (3) - Fourty Third Street Bus Stop(7") PM Records (4) PM101375 US 1975 Sell This Version
PM 772 Mack Simmons Inflation Blues / Key To The Highway(7") PM Records (4) PM 772 US 1980 Sell This Version
Mack Simmons Skin Tight PM Records (4) US Unknown Sell This Version
45175 Mack Simmons Turning Point(7") PM Records (4) 45175 Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

EF 3360 Little Mack Simmons* The PM/Simmons Collection 1971-1982(CD, Comp) Electro-Fi Records EF 3360 US 1999 Sell This Version
CB-101 Mack Simmons, Sunnyland Slim, Andrew McMahon (2), Willie Williams, Bobby Saxton Mack Simmons, Sunnyland Slim, Andrew McMahon (2), Willie Williams, Bobby Saxton - Colossal Blues Vol. 1(LP, Comp) Bea & Baby Records CB-101 US Unknown Sell This Version

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