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Mustang Sally composer Mack Rice dies aged 82

Published 28/06/2016

The former Stax Records music studio (AP)
The former Stax Records music studio (AP)

Mack Rice, composer of Mustang Sally and co-writer of Respect Yourself, has died in Detroit at the age of 82.

His wife Laura said her husband died at their home of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

"Sir" Mack Rice was best known for writing Mustang Sally, which was popularised by Wilson Pickett. They had been in a group together called The Falcons.

Rice became a songwriter for Memphis, Tennessee-based Stax Records and split his time between there and Detroit, where he moved as a teenager from Mississippi.

He wrote Respect Yourself with late R&B singer-songwriter Luther Ingram for the Staple Singers, which became Stax's biggest hit.

Laura Rice and singer Pat Lewis, a long-time friend and collaborator, said he was humble and embodied his other nickname, "Gentleman".


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