Johnny Mack Gore

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Johnny Mack Gore

Johnny Mack Gore (born March 14, 1932 in Chilton County; died February 10, 2007 in Birmingham) was a country guitarist.

Gore was the son of Floyd and Leta Mae (Lowery) Gore of Chilton County. He was given a guitar by his father when he was five and took to it naturally, performing at school events and on local radio. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 and was honorably discharged. In Birmingham, he became a regular performer on the Country Boy Eddy Show and opened his own Johnny Gore's Country Palace nightclub. He later toured with fellow Country Boy Eddy alumna Tammy Wynette and with Mel Tillis.

Later in life he retired to a home he built of cross ties near Lake Logan Martin. In addition to tinkering with cars and with his garden, he joined the Stemley Baptist Church band. After divorcing his first wife he married a childhood friend in 2002. He died at Medical Center East of complications from a stroke in early 2007 and was survived by his wife, four sons, a daughter, a step-daughter, and 10 grandchildren. He was buried at Martin Memorial Gardens in Clanton.


  • Kent, Dawn (June 10, 2007) "Musician liked all things country, taught others to enjoy life." The Birmingham News

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