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Country Throwback: Mac Davis’ ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me’ Is Still a Hit

by Jennifer Shea
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Singer and actor Mac Davis sure knew how to craft a song. But for all the songs he wrote in a career spanning decades, it was a tune he disowned that went down in history. 

Davis’s No. 1 hit “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” was actually one of his least favorites. The song is a playboy’s plea to his new paramour. It resulted from a producer’s request that Davis write a “hook song” for his new album, according to Billboard.

“I thought it was super-egotistical and pretentious,” Davis told an interviewer after the song became a hit. “But Columbia released it as a single anyway.”

The song was country-infused soft rock that fit with the times. It stayed at the top of charts for three weeks after it came out.

As for Davis? He had plenty more songs left to write after that.

As Billboard reports, Davis’s nickname was “the song painter.” He acquired it for his tendency to write evocative and detailed lyrics. 

Davis released many of his own albums. But he also wrote songs for the likes of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Bobby Goldsboro. 

He had first hit it big in 1968 as a songwriter for Elvis Presley with “A Little Less Conversation” and “Memories.” Then, in 1972, Davis cracked the Hot 100 as a solo artist with the chart-topper “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me.” 

That would remain Davis’s standout hit. But over the years, he racked up songwriting credits for famous bands ranging from Bruno Mars to Weezer. 

By the time of his death last month, Mac Davis had earned the respect and admiration of stars like Travis Tritt and Kenny Chesney and groups like the Country Music Association.