Billy Mackel

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Billy Mackel
Billy Mackel, jazz guitarist, 1953.jpg
Billy Mackel, c. 1953
Background information
Birth name John William Mackel
Born (1912-12-28)December 28, 1912
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died May 5, 1986(1986-05-05) (aged 73)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, banjo
Years active 1944–1986
Associated acts Lionel Hampton

John William "Billy" 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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