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Mack Rice, the composer of '60s hit "Mustang Sally" and co-writer of the Staple Singers' landmark "Respect Yourself" has died in Detroit."Sir" Mack Rice was best known for writing "Mustang Sally," which he initially recorded but singer Wilson Pickett popularized. Rice was a songwriter for Memphis, Tennessee-based Stax Records and split his time between there and Detroit, where he moved from Mississippi as a teen.Laura Rice and singer Pat Lewis, a longtime friend and collaborator, say he was kind, humble and embodied his other, Memphis-given nickname, "Gentleman".It wasn't a hit [for] Mack but Pickett, wow, he just blew it out of the park".In his later years, Rice ran an asphalt company in Detroit and continued writing and performing. Despite his failing health and mind at the end of his life, Lewis said music remained at his core.
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