Mac Davis

Mac Davis

American songwriter, singer and actor (1942-2020)
Singer/songwriter who straddled pop and country, writing a handful of hits for Elvis and topping the charts with "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me."
BornJanuary 21, 1942
HometownLubbock, Texas, United States of America
Net worth$12 million
SpouseLise Gerard (m 1982 - 2020) , Sarah Barg (m 1970 - 1976) , Fran Cook (m 1963 - 1968)
ChildrenCody Luke Davis , Joel Scott Davis , Noah Claire Davis
ParentsT. J. Davis
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Mac Davis, Texan songwriter who with Billy Strange gave Elvis Presley several hit records – obituary

  • Mac Davis, who has died aged 78, was a singer, actor and entertainer, at the peak of his success in the United States as a country and pop performer in the mid-1970s; but his work was perhaps most widely known through songs he wrote for others, notably hits for Elvis Presley such as In the Ghetto and A Little Less Conversation. Davis was inspired to become a musician by the example of a boy a few years above him at Lubbock High School in Texas: “Buddy [Holly] was on the radio,” he recalled, “but we thought they just played him on the Lubbock stations. Then I saw him drive down College Avenue in a new, black and pink Pontiac Catalina convertible. New glasses. New teeth. And girls in the car. And I said if Buddy can do it, so can I.” By the late Sixties, Davis was working at Nancy Sinatra’s Boots Enterprises, appearing on her records and penning songs for the likes of Perry Como, B J Thomas, Kenny Rogers and Louis Jordan. Versatility, as well as an unaffected straightforwardness, was to become one of the hallmarks of his music.

MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Possums
Possums
PG
1h 37min
1998
Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack
Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack
1h 50min
1998
For My Daughter's Honor
For My Daughter's Honor
1h 28min
1996
Blackmail
Blackmail
R
1h 30min
1991
The Sting II
The Sting II
PG
1h 41min
1983
Cheaper to Keep Her
Cheaper to Keep Her
R
1h 32min
1980
North Dallas Forty
North Dallas Forty
R
1h 59min
1979

Albums

Greatest Hits [Classic World]
Greatest Hits [Classic World]
2019
Little More Action Please: The Anthology 1970-1985
Little More Action Please: The Anthology 1970-1985
2013
Hard to Be Humble: The Best of Mac Davis
Hard to Be Humble: The Best of Mac Davis
2013
Song Painter/I Believe in Music
Song Painter/I Believe in Music
2010
20th Century Masters
20th Century Masters
2006
Best of Mac Davis
Best of Mac Davis
2000
Dueling Country
Dueling Country
2000
Country Spotlight #1
Country Spotlight #1
2000
Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me/Stop and Smell the Roses
Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me/Stop and Smell the Roses
1997
Man Don't Cry
Man Don't Cry
1995
Will Write Songs for Food
Will Write Songs for Food
1994
Very Best and More
Very Best and More
1984
It's Hard to Be Humble
It's Hard to Be Humble
1980
Texas in My Rear View Mirror
Texas in My Rear View Mirror
1980
Greatest Hits [Columbia]
Greatest Hits [Columbia]
1979
Stop and Smell the Roses
Stop and Smell the Roses
1974
I Believe in Music
I Believe in Music
1972
Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me
Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me
1972

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