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Mac Davis, Legendary Songwriter and Country Singer, Dead at 78

by Matthew Wilson
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Songwriter and country legend Mac Davis has died. Davis passed away on Tuesday (Sept. 29) at 78-years-old. Davis’ passing comes one day after he reportedly became critically ill after undergoing heart surgery.

His manager, Jim Morey, confirmed Davis’ passing in a Facebook post on Tuesday. Morey wrote, “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Mac Davis. He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody.”

“He was a music legend but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend,” Morey continued. “I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor.”


Mac Davis wrote for Elvis Presley.

Among his accomplishments, Davis wrote Elvis Presley‘s iconic song “In the Ghetto”. Davis was born on Jan. 21, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. In his earlier career, he formed a rock band and worked for several record labels. He began songwriting for Nancy Sinatra’s Boots Enterprises, Inc. He also performed with Nancy Sinatra herself.

In addition to “In the Ghetto,” he also wrote “A Little Less Conversation” for Presley in the 1960s. Davis went on to become a performer himself, recording country songs such as “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and “Stop and Smell the Roses”. Among his songs, Davis had six Top 10 singles on Billboard’s country chart and four Top 10 hits on the all genre chart.

His music was so successful that he won the ACM Entertainer of the Year award in 1975. He also became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In addition to his music, Davis also transitioned into acting. In the 1970s, Davis even had his own TV show called The Mac Davis Show, which ran for two years. He continued acting in various roles through the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s. He appeared on King of the Hill, That ’70s Show and Rodney.

Davis is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lise, and three sons, Scott, Noah and Cody, as well as grandchildren.

[H/T: The Boot]