Personalities | Mac Davis | Mainstream Country

(Vocals, songwriter, actor, b. 1942)

Also a television host, composer and one-time representative for Vee-Jay records, Texas-born Davis is responsible for several bestselling songs, including ‘In The Ghetto’ and ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’, both 1969 US Top 10 hits for Elvis Presley. Davis himself topped the US pop chart in 1972 with the million-selling ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me’ and made the US pop Top 10 two years later with ‘Stop And Smell The Roses’. Fifteen of his 30 US country hits between 1970 and 1986 crossed over to pop, including 1980’s humorously egotistical ‘It’s Hard To Be Humble’, and the same year’s ‘Texas In The Rear View Mirror’. His biggest country hits came in 1981, with ‘My Bestest Friend’ and ‘Hooked On Music’.

Styles & Forms | Mainstream Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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