Sir Mack Rice Dies At 82; Singer, Writer Of 'Mustang Sally'
June 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM (PT)
SIR MACK RICE, writer of hits like "Mustang Sally" and, with LUTHER INGRAM, "Respect Yourself," died MONDAY (6/27) at his home in BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI after a battle with Alzheimer's disease at 82, according to the DETROIT FREE PRESS.
RICE (born BONNY RICE in 1933), a MISSISSIPPI native, began his music career in DETROIT, including as a member of THE FALCONS, where he sang alongside WILSON PICKETT, JOE STUBBS, and EDDIE FLOYD. After moving on to a solo career, recording on BLUE ROCK RECORDS, STAX RECORDS, ATCO RECORDS, STON' ROC/CAPITOL, and TRUTH RECORDS, he wrote and recorded "Mustang Sally," which charted on the R&B list for RICE in 1965 but became a major smash for PICKETT the next year. "Respect Yourself" was a hit for the STAPLE SINGERS and BRUCE WILLIS; he wrote many other songs for artists on the STAX roster and his songs were covered by, among others, THE YOUNG RASCALS, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and KID ROCK.
RICE released a solo album backed by THE DYNATONES for BLUE SUIT RECORDS in 1992, another for IN-FI RECORDS in 2000, and a third for JOY ROAD in 2006, and continued to perform through 2013.