Mack Rice, com­poser of ‘Mus­tang Sally,’ dies at 82

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DETROIT — Mack Rice, the com­poser of ’60s hit “Mus­tang Sally” and cowriter of the Sta­ple Singers’ land­mark “Re­spect Your­self” has died in Detroit. He was 82.

Laura Rice told The As­so­ci­ated Press that her hus­band died at their home Mon­day of com­pli­ca­tions from Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

“Sir” Mack Rice was best known for writ­ing “Mus­tang Sally,” which he ini­tially recorded but singer Wil­son Pick­ett pop­u­lar­ized. They had been in a group to­gether called the Fal­cons, which recorded in Detroit.

“When he wrote ‘Mus­tang Sally’ and he saw that roy­alty check, he started writ­ing,” Laura Rice said. “He never thought ‘Mus­tang Sally’ would ever be as big as it be­came. … He used to tell me, ‘Honey that Mus­tang has rolled a long time.”’

Rice was a song­writer for Mem­phis, Ten­nessee­based Stax Records and split his time be­tween there and Detroit, where he moved from Mis­sis­sippi as a teen.

He wrote “Re­spect Your­self” with late R&B singer-song­writer Luther In­gram for the Sta­ple Singers, which be­came Stax’s big­gest hit. His wife said he wrote it in about 15 min­utes af­ter talk­ing with other mu­si­cians in the studio about the need for peo­ple to re­spect them­selves in or­der to be re­spected by oth­ers.

Laura Rice and singer Pat Lewis, a long­time friend and col­lab­o­ra­tor, say he was kind, hum­ble and em­bod­ied his other, Mem­phis-given nick­name, “Gen­tle­man.” Both de­liv­ered the word in a drawn-out, south­ern ac­cent, sounding more like “Gentle­main.”

Lewis, a fel­low Detroit res­i­dent who went to Stax with Mack Rice in the 1960s and re­mained close with him un­til his death, said he was a “gen­tle soul” who was loved by all — in­clud­ing ex-band­mates. She said he re­mained friends with Pick­ett, who died in 2006, and the other Fal­cons, even though for a lot of groups, “when they fall out, they fall out.”

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