Chanteur Rock 'n' Roll US, né le 8 Juin 1938 à Town Creek (Alabama), Mack Vickery a fait une démo à la Sun Records de Memphis (Tennessee). En 1958, on le retrouve chez Gone Records où il enregistre un single, puis il passera chez Princeton, Jamie (sous le nom de Vic Vickers), Jack O'Diamonds, Afio, Boone, Playboy et MCA Records (sous le nom de'Atlanta James). Mack Vickery est décédé le 21 Décembre 2004 à Nashville (Tennessee).

Mack Vickery never let adversity stand in the way of his ambition. Left motherless at an early age, he lived an itinerant life with his father for a decade, from the early 1940s through the early '50s. He developed a love of country music in the course of growing up, and while still in his mid-teens started his own honky tonk band. Successfully deceiving people about his age, Vickery eked out a living playing music in Michigan and Ohio. His major influence, apart from Hank Williams, was Ernest Tubb, whose 1948 hit "Have You Ever Been Lonely" became part of Vickery's repertory. At age 19, he made it to Memphis and an audition for Sun Records, on which he tried to straddle the gap between honky-tonk and rockabilly. He was rejected by Sun, and Vickery later bounced around different companies, including Gone Records and Jamie, earning little for his trouble; he never did enjoy success as a recording artist, despite a decade or more of trying. Vickery did sing and play harmonica backing Jerry Lee Lewis during the latter's years on Mercury Records, but much more important were the songs that he wrote, including "Meat Man," "I Sure Miss Those Good Old Times," "Ivory Tears," "Forever Forgiving," "That Kind of Fool," and "Rockin' My Life Away." His songs also became hits for Faron Young, Tanya Tucker, Sammi Smith, and Waylon Jennings, and his collaborations have included "She Went a Little Bit Farther," written with Merle Kilgore, which was recorded by Vickery's one-time idol Ernest Tubb, among other artists. In the mid-'80s, songs from Vickery's rejected Sun demo tape, Fool Proof, were released by Charly Records as part of their reissue of the Sun Records library. After suffering a heart attack Mack Vickery passed away December 21, 2004 at the age of 66.

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Harmonica, Songwriter

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Pop-Rock


Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000



10/1958 SP PRINCETON 101 (US) High School Blues / We're Not Engaged Anymore
09/1959 SP GONE 5075 (US) Lovers Plea / Meant To Be
1959 SP TOP RANK HTR 550 (NL) Lovers Plea / Meant To Be
02/1960 SP GONE 5085 (US) Goin' Back To St. Louis / I'll Never Love Again
06/1960 SP GONE 5093 (US) Hawaiian Stroll / Fantasy
196? SP TOP RANK JAR-420 (UK) Fantasy / Hawaiian Stroll
05/1964 SP JAMIE 1278 (US) Vic VICKERS - These / Action Speaks Louder Than Words
196? SP LA LOUISIANE 8153 (US) Vic VICKERS - Christmas In Cajun Country / Christmas Mouse
01/1966 SP AFCO AF 520 (US) Mac VICKERY - Bell Bottom Jeans / Soldier Boy
1968 SP BOONE 1073 (US) Searching For A Baby / Jailbirds Can't Fly
196? SP BRAGG 203 (US) Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid / She Calls Me Day, I Call Her Night
1970 SP MEGA 0013 (US) Atlanta JAMES - Meat Man / The Farther I Let Her Go
1974 SP MCA 40233 (US) Atlanta JAMES - That Kind Of Fool / Starting All Over Again
1974 SP MCA 40291 (US) Atlanta JAMES - Cardboard Pillow / Hold What You've Got
1975 SP MCA 40386 (US) Atlanta JAMES - I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised / Down On The Levee
1975 SP MCA 40435 (US) Atlanta JAMES -  Honky Tonkin' Ladies / Meet Me At The Spring Annie
1977 SP PLAYBOY 5800 (US) Ishabilly / Think It Over
1977 SP PLAYBOY 5814 (US) Here's To The Horses / When It Counted, You Could Never Count On Me
2001 CD NORTON SUN JUKEBOX SERIES 844 (US) Fool Proof / + Warren SMITH


1970 LP 12" MEGA 31-1002 (US) MACK VICKERY AT THE ALABAMA WOMEN'S PRISON - Life Turned Her That Way / A Woman Who Walks On The Wild Side / Walk A Mile In My Shoes / Down At John Wayne's Ranch-Medley : Cryin' Time - Still - Life Turned Her That Way - Love Me - Hound Dog / Alabama Women's Prison Blues / The Purse / Games People Play / As Usual / Jesus, Don't Give Up On Me / He's Got The Whole World / Ole Time Religion

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