Lubbock, Texas singer, songwriter Mac Davis died September 29, 2020, after becoming critically ill after heart surgery. After high school, Mac moved to Atlanta and formed a rock band called the Zots. It wasn’t long before he got his start a songwriter in Nancy Sinatra’s company, Boots Enterprises. He would play on many of her recordings and she even worked him into her stage shows.
Starting in 1968, he wrote A Little Less Conversation, Memories, In The Ghetto, and Don’t Cry Daddy all recorded by Elvis Presley. Bobby Goldsboro recorded some of Mac’s songs including Watching Scotty Grow. His song I Believe in Music was recorded by many, including Perry Como, Helen Reddy, and himself, before becoming a hit for the band Gallery in 1972. He had a country and pop music success singing his songs like Stop and Smell the Roses, One Hell of a Woman, and Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me.
In 1974 he won the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award. He had his own variety television show on NBS from 1974-1976 called The Mac Davis Show. He also acted on film, TV and even played Will Rogers in the Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies.
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