The Country Music Association that Mac Davis had passed away after complications from heart surgery in Nashville, Tennessee. They received the word from Davis’ manager, Jim Morey that he died Sept. 29.
He was born Jan. 21, 1942 and raised in Lubbock, Texas and later moved to Atlanta. Davis was first highly acclaimed as a songwriter, and he was a great one. He wrote many of Elvis Presley’s hits like “In the Ghetto,” “A Little More Conversation,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and others.
Then he became a major singing star, writing his own hits like “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” “Stop and Smell the Roses” and “It’s Hard to Be Humble.” Another great son he wrote that was recorded by scores of artists was “I Believe in Music” which became Mr. Davis’s signature song. He closed his concerts with it for decades. He became known as “the song painter” because of his descriptive lyrics.
He even had his own very popular TV variety series, “The Mac Davis Show,” from 1974 to 1976 on NBC. He also appeared in several movies including “North Dallas Forty,” a comedy that starred Nick Nolte as an aging football star and Mr. Davis as a calculating quarterback.
By the mid-1970s, Mac Davis had become more of a force on the country chart, where he had 16 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hit “Hooked on Music,” between 1972 and 1985. You might say he was the Blake Shelton of the 1970s.
His work as an actor also gained momentum as the 1980s progressed, including roles in the Hollywood movies “Cheaper to Keep Her” in 1981 and “The Sting II” in 1983, as well as appearances on TV shows like “The Muppet Show” and “King of the Hill.”
In 1993, Mr. Davis played the title role in the Broadway musical “The Will Rogers Follies.”
He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. Two years later in 2000, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.
I remember watching Mac’s TV show as well as his three years co-hosting the CMA Awards with Barbara Mandrell, which proved his command of the TV medium as well as the music.
Our condolences to his wife and three sons, as he was great and legendary performer and individual, who will be missed by all his family, friends and many fans.