Credit: Carol M Highsmith

Famed songwriter Mac Davis has died aged 78

Legendary singer-songwriter Mac Davis, who wrote songs for the likes of Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 78 due to complications following heart surgery.

Davis, a Texan native who managed to get his first taste of success after moving to Atlanta and landing a job at Nancy Sinatra’s company, Boots Enterprises, was a prolific writer. Through his connection to Sinatra, Davis then managed to create links with the likes of Elvis Presley, who recorded several of Davis’ songs such as ‘Memories’, ‘In the Ghetto’, ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’, and ‘A Little Less Conversation’. It wasn’t just Elvis who Davis’ songs were performed by with Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, and Bruno Mars also taking on his tracks.

His death was announced by his longtime manager, Jim Morey, who said: “Mac Davis has been my client for over 40 years, and more importantly, my best friend,” Morey said in a statement. “He was a music legend, but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humour.”

Davis even found some success as a solo artist and achieved a Number one hit in 1972 with ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me’. Following several more Top 30 hits, as well as the award for the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year in 1974, Davis parlayed his musical fame into television and film work.

Between 1974 and 1976, he hosted The Mac Davis Show on NBC which was a weekly variety show that welcomed some of the biggest names in the entertainment of the day through its doors.

R.I.P. Mac Davis.

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