Mac Davis, Elvis songwriter and country star, died at 78

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Davis, who first rose to prominence by writing hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In The Ghetto” for Elvis Presley, died of heart surgery, manager Jim Morey said on Tuesday. , in a press release.

“He was surrounded by the love of his life and his 38-year-old wife, Lise, and sons Scott, Noah and Cody,” Morey wrote on Facebook.

Paying homage to Davis, his manager described him as “a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.”

“I’ll miss laughing at our many road adventures and his insightful sense of humor.

When there was a difficult decision to make, he would often tell me: “You decide… I’m going golf! “”Morey ended his statement with the lyrics to Davis’ song “I Believe In Music”.

News of Davis’ death comes days after his family said he had become “gravely ill” after undergoing heart surgery in Nashville.

Musician Richard Marx led the online tributes to Davis, tweeting: “It’s a real drag. RIP to the amazing #MacDavis. Thank you for your amazing songs and your kindness to me. It was an honor to hear you tell me stories. ”

Davis – born Morris Mac Davis – made his debut as a country music artist with his 1970 album “Song Painter”.

His groundbreaking album “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me” was released two years later.

Davis, whose hits include “Stop and Smell the Roses” and “One Hell of a Woman,” received worldwide recognition for his contribution to music and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and the National Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 2013, he topped the Billboard Dance Club song charts as a co-author of Avicii’s “Addicted to You”.

Along with his musical accomplishments, Davis enjoyed modest success as a television personality and actor. He hosted his own variety series “The Mac Davis Show” on NBC from 1974 to 1976 and also appeared in TV films “Beer For My Horses” and “Where The Fast Lane Ends”.

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