Mack, Cecil [McPherson, Richard Cecil ]
- Ian Brookes
[McPherson, Richard Cecil ]
(b Norfolk, VA, Nov 6, 1883; d New York, NY, Aug 1, 1944). American Lyricist, composer, and music publisher. Mack, also known as R.C. McPherson, wrote the lyrics for many popular songs during the first quarter of the 20th century. He had his first hit in 1904, “Teasing,” cowritten with Harry Von Tilzer. Mack cofounded the Gotham-Attucks Music Company following a merger between two smaller firms in 1905. Gotham-Attucks was one of the earliest African American music publishers and several eminent black composers such as Will Marion Cook and James Reese Europe were associated with the company. In 1910, Gotham-Attucks published what would become one of Mack’s best-known songs “Shine” (originally, “That’s Why They Call Me Shine”). The song was written with co-lyricist Lew Brown with music by Ford Dabney for the musical show His Honor: The Barber (1911). In 1923 Mack wrote the lyrics to “The Charleston” for the show ...