If you added up all the weeks that Warner's recordings have been on the national music charts, it would total more than seven years.
At age 29, his music career was virtually over, even though some of his biggest hits were still to come. A car wreck on the way home
from a show date in Madison, Wisconsin changed his future, and forced Warner to cancel his contract with DECCA/MCA after a 19 year affiliation.
DECCA/MCA Producer Owen Bradley advised him that he would have to record or be dropped. He did not have the strength at the time to go on recording. It would be another 15 years before he returned to the studio and went back on the road. Warner says, "I know first hand life's direction can change in the blink of an eye." He still suffers bouts of pain, to this day, from the 13 surgeries he had to undergo as a result of the accident.
Warner is one of the few musicians actually born in Nashville. His parents were both Tennessee natives, and his father was a minister. When Warner was 9 years old, his parents moved the family (including Warner and his two sisters, Juanita and Dean) to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
His successes include 40 chart-busting hits, including such greats as "The Bridge Washed Out," "Talkin' to the Wall," Is it Wrong (for Loving You)," "Sittin' in an All Night Cafe," "Driftin' Apart," "After the Lights Go Out," and "It Takes a Lot of Money." The list goes on and on.
Warner wrote "Is it Wrong (for Loving You)" at the age of 13, after failed teenage romance. It stayed on the Billboard Magazine's Top Ten for 36 weeks and is on the album "The 30 Greatest Country Songs."
He performed more radio shows for the U.S. Air Force than any other Country Blues artist. In 1965 he was the first Country artist to record Coca Cola commercials worldwide. A leading music industry magazine ranked him 6th among all Country singers. He has received numerous awards for his recording accomplishments and song writing. In 1991 he was inducted into the American Academy of Country Music Hall of Fame. Many have copied his sound, but none have been able to duplicate his unique style. As a music row executive once stated, "There's only one Warner Mack." Country Music legend Mel Tillis says of Warner, "He just doesn't hit bad notes; he's a natural when it comes to singing."
Warner, a true "Son of the South," still resides in Tennessee, but looks forward to returning to his beloved Mississippi.
Warner Mack now records for Bridgewood Music, owned by Warner and his patron, Jim McLean. Warner says of his friend Jim, "I've known him for 36 years, and have the greatest respect for him. What a true friend he has been, always there--hot or cold, day or night."
Warner currently has two hit songs on SoundClick.com: "Bring Your Own Blues," (from the album "Dixie Vibrations") and "Pray for Your Country."
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