Jimmy Mack chords by Martha and the Vandellas


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Jimmy Mack | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Ebm | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
| Ebm7 | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb Ab |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.

Verse 1

| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Gb Ab |
My arms are missing you, my lips feel the same way too.
| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb |
I tried so hard to be true, like I promised I’d do.
| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb |
But this guy keeps comin’ around, he’s tryin’ to wear my resistance down.

Chorus 1

| Ebm | Emb7 | Db | Gb |
Hey, Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
| Ebm7 | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb Ab |
Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.

Verse 2

| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Gb Ab |
He calls me on the phone, about three times a day.
| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb |
Now my heart doesn’t listen to, what he has to say.
| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb |
But this loneliness I have within is reaching out to be his friend.

Chorus 2

| Ebm | Emb7 | Db | Gb |
Hey, Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
| Ebm7 | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb Ab |
Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.

Chorus tag 1

| Db Gb | Db Gb |
Need your loving (Jimmy Mack, won’t hurry back).
| Db Gb | Gb Ab |
Need your loving (Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back).

Solo

| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb |
| Ebm | Emb7 Ab | Db Gb | Gb Ab |

Verse 3

| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb |
I wanna say, I’m not getting any stronger, I can’t hold out very much longer.
| Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb | Db Gb |
Trying hard, to be true. But Jimmy he talks just as sweet as you.

Chorus 3

| Ebm | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb |
Hey, Jimmy, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
| Ebm7 | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb Ab |
Jimmy, can’t you hear me Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.

Chorus tag 2

| Db Gb | Db Gb | Ebm | Ebm7 |
Need your loving (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack). Need your loving (Hurry, hurry).

Outro

||: Db Gb :||
Hey Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack).
Hey Jimmy Mack, when are you coming back (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack).
Oh, I’m not getting any stronger (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh).
I can’t hold out very much longer (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh).
Jimmy Mack when are you coming back (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh).
Need your loving. Oh Jimmy Mack (Hurry back, Jimmy Mack, oh).


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Jimmy Mack Chords: Learn the progressions


Jimmy Mack 8 step by step guitar lessons.

The path to success when it comes to playing rhythm parts is to know your CAGED shapes so well that you can move around the fretboard in an improvised way.

In Jimmy Mack, we’re in the key of Db. As this is a difficult key for guitar players, we have a perfect opportunity to test our chord knowledge in the context of an actual song.

To see how well you know your CAGED shapes, try playing along with the backing track provided in the playlist above, using Jimmy Mack’s chords and lyrics to guide you.

If all goes well, the next step is to start substituting the chords, this is a relatively complex harmonic trick that you will only be able to pull off if you know all your CAGED chords and understand the fundamentals of harmony.

Here’s a quick introduction to chord substitution, using Jimmy Mack’s intro:

Jimmy Mack starts with the chords II – IIm7 – I – IV. In the key of Db that becomes:

EbmEbm7DbGb

Here are a few substitutions you could try, instead of extending the chords:

  • Gb – instead of Ebm7
  • Gbmaj7 – Instead of Ebm9
  • Fm – instead of Dbmaj7

Try the play-along TAB loop above to see this concept in more detail as we play a Gbmaj7 instead of an Em7, creating an Em9 sound. Here’s the TAB for what I’m talking about:

Jimmy Mack chords and TAB, intro example 1 and 2.

Once you get it, you’ll see that we’ve opened a can of worms here. You can easily spend the rest of your life chord substituting, ask any keyboard player, and they’ll chew your ear off!

Next up in the course for this lesson, we look at four more examples for the same section. Practice all these and you’ll be able to improvise your rhythm guitar part.

For the rest of the lessons on Jimmy Mack, we learn the verse, chorus, and solo. After I play the complete song with the band and give you all the TAB for it, it’s your turn in step 8 to play with the band.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series: Jimmy Mack – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



Jimmy Mack was one of Martha and the Vandellas’ biggest hits!

Jimmy Mack is a 1967 single by Martha and the Vandellas.

Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, it would become one of the group’s most successful songs, released as the last in a string of hits after Heat Wave (1964), Dancing In The Street (1964), and Nowhere To Run (1965).

These are all classics on the working Motown/Soul band’s repertoire and fit perfectly alongside tunes by other contemporary female acts like The Supremes, The Ronettes, and singers such as Mary Wells, Fontella Bass, and Freda Payne.

You could easily put together a repertoire for a female-fronted Motown/Soul band from the above-mentioned artists and groups and have yourself a working band. I spent a decade doing just this, it was always a success with the crowd.

Some bands even turn this concept into a touring theatre show that goes on never-ending tours around the country, making guest appearances on cruise ships, and sometimes even rejigging their show into a West End-like musical.

To enter this world you need one thing more than anything: a repertoire. Why not start with learning Jimmy Mack’s chords?



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Holland Dozier Holland wrote Jimmy Mack.

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Martha and the Vandellas tunes

Martha and the Vandellas recorded Jimmy Mack.

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Together they had seven years of hits including Jimmy Mack, Nowhere To Run, and perhaps Motown’s biggest hit of them all, Dancing In The Street.


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There are many more Motown and Soul tunes with chords like Jimmy Mack.

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