Billy Mackel

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Billy Mackel
Billy Mackel, c. 1953
Billy Mackel, c. 1953
Background information
Birth nameJohn William Mackel
Born(1912-12-28)December 28, 1912
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedMay 5, 1986(1986-05-05) (aged 73)
Instrument(s)Guitar, banjo
Years active1944–1986

John William Mackel (December 28, 1912 – May 5, 1986) was an American jazz guitarist.

Mackel was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He played banjo early in his career, but like many banjoists of his time he switched to guitar. He led his own band early in the 1940s, then joined Lionel Hampton in 1944 and spent the next thirty years with him.[1] In the 1940s he also recorded with Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Herbie Fields, and others, and worked with Billy Williams in the 1960s. He played left-handed.[2]



  1. ^ "Billy Mackel | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ Bebop, Hans (October 18, 2013). "The Billy Mackel Story".

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