On Saturday, country artist Vince Gill paid respects to the late Mac Davis with a song during his recent set at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. The musician chose to sing a poignant rendition of Davis’ famous “In the Ghetto” as a tribute to the legendary country songwriter.
The famous Nashville music venue allowed limited seating for their Saturday night performances for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. The Oct. 3 show welcomed fans back with a lineup that included Gill, Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, and Lorrie Morgan.
In a clip shared by the Grand Ole Opry, Gill performs Davis’ song on stage with only a microphone and his acoustic guitar. The somber version of “In the Ghetto” by Gill was accompanied by a black-and-white photo of Davis prominently seen in the background throughout the performance. Originally, Elvis Presley popularized the song when he recorded and released it in 1969.
Mac Davis’ Manager Announces Songwriter’s Passing
Mac Davis’ manager, Jim Morey, confirmed the songwriter’s passing in a Facebook post.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Mac Davis,” the post read. “He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody. Mac has been my client for over 40 years, and more importantly.. my best friend.”
“He was a music legend but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend,” continued Morey. “I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor. When there was a tough decision to be made he often told me ‘You decide.. I’m going to the golf course!’”
In addition, Morey’s sincere post ended with a quote from his one of his best friend’s songs.
“To quote from his song ‘I Believe in Music’… ‘I could just sit around making music all day long. As long as I’m making my music ain’t gonna do nobody no harm. And who knows maybe I’ll come up with a song.’ And he did…time after time,” Morey concluded.
[H/T The Boot]