Mac Davis, iconic artist and songwriter of Elvis, dies at 78


Mac Davis, renowned for writing hits such as “In the Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation” for Elvis Presley, as well as leading his own five-decade career that has spanned the stage and the big and small screen , died Tuesday evening (Sept. 29) after heart surgery. He was 78 years old.

“Mac Davis has been my client for over 40 years and, more importantly, my best friend,” Davis’s longtime manager Jim Morey said announcing his death. “He was a music legend, but his most important job was that of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. I’ll miss laughing at our mishaps on the road and his insightful sense of humor.

In addition to Presley, among the artists who recorded Davis’ compositions were Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash. But the Grammy nominee saved some of his best work for himself, scoring hits with “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” which he himself took to number one in 1972, as well as ” Stop and Smell the Roses ”and” Rock N Roll (I gave you the best years of my life). “His success, along with his general affability and charisma, led to his own NBC variety series from 1974 to 1976. In 1974, the Academy of Country Music named him an entertainer. year.

Born Morris Mac Davis on January 21, 1942, Davis was a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

A number of artists have praised Davis’ impressive talent and friendly demeanor. “I met Mac as a young artist early in my journey, when he was already a legend and songwriting hero to me,” Kenny Chesney said in a statement to Billboard. “He welcomed me into his house and turned this wonderful creative light on me. Even though he had written ‘In The Ghetto’ for Elvis and had so many amazing successes, he made me feel that what I did mattered. A little boy in town who had achieved the greatest fame, he was remained a good guy, a father. It was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh, and a greater creative mind. I had the chance to make it shine. me. ”

Davis is survived by his 38-year-old wife, Lise, and sons Scott, Noah and Cody, as well as a number of other relatives, including his mother, Edith. He will be buried in Lubbock, Texas.

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