Infobox musical artist
Name = Mac Davis
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Morris Mac Davis
Alias = Mac Davis
Born = Birth date and age|1942|1|21|mf=y
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Country Music/ Pop Music
singer/ songwriter/ actor
Years_active = 1972-Present
Label = Columbia, Casablanca, MCA
Kenny Rogers, Elvis Presley, Crystal Gayle
Morris Mac Davis, known as Mac Davis (born
January 21, 1942), is a country music singerand songwriteroriginally from Lubbock, Texaswho has enjoyed much pop musiccrossover success. He became one of the most successful country singers of the 1970s and 1980s. He is also an actor. In 2008, Davis will appear with Barry Corbin, who grew up in Lubbock, in a Toby Keith film, "Beer for My Horses".
Career as a songwriter
Davis initially rose to fame as a
songwriter, having early success with the 1969 song for Elvis Presleycalled " In the Ghetto". He later proved to the public that he was more than just a songwriter, but also a country singer. Especially in the 1970s, many of his songs found success on the country and pop charts alike, including " Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" (a number one hit), " One Hell of a Woman" (Pop #11), and "Stop and Smell the Roses" (a #9 Pop hit). In the 1970s, he also was active as an actor, hosting his own variety show during this time and also appearing in several movies.
Davis graduated at sixteen from
Lubbock High Schoolin Lubbock, Texas. He spent his childhood years, with his sister Linda, living and working at the former College Courts, an efficiency apartment complex owned by his father, T.J. Davis, located at the intersection of College Avenue and 5th Street. Davis describes his father, who was divorced from Davis' mother, as "very religious, very strict, very stubborn." Though Davis was physically small, he had a penchant for getting into fistfights. "In those days, it was all about football, rodeo and fistfights. . . . Oh, man, I got beat up so much while I was growing up in Lubbock," Davis said in a March 2, 2008, interview with the " Lubbock Avalanche-Journal" newspaper. "I was 5 feet, 9 inches, and weighed 125 pounds. I joined Golden Glovesbut didn't do good even in my division." After he finished high school, Davis moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his mother lived. [ [http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/030208/loc_252890600.shtml Mac Davis remembers his days in Lubbock | A-J ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR ] ]
In Atlanta, Davis played
rock and rollmusic. He also worked for the Vee Jayrecord company (home to R&B stars such as Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler and Dee Clark) as a regional manager, and later also served as a regional manager for Liberty Records. In the meantime, Davis was also writing songs. One of the songs he wrote in 1968, called " A Little Less Conversation" was recorded by Elvis Presley(and would become a posthumous hit for Presley many years later). Shortly after, Presley recorded Davis' song "In the Ghetto" in his sessions in Memphis. According to maverick record producer Jimmy Bowen, "Ghetto" was originally pitched to Sammy Davis Jr.. Mac, guitar in hand, played the song in a studio, with onlookers such as Rev. Jesse Jacksonand other members of the black activist community. Davis, the only white man in the room at the time would eventually tell Bowen, "I don't know whether to thank ya, or to kill ya." Davis never recorded the tune. The song became a hit for Presley and he continued to record more of Davis' material, like " Memories" and " Don't Cry Daddy". Bobby Goldsboroalso recorded some of Mac's songs, like " Watching Scotty Grow", which became a number one Adult Contemporaryhit for Goldsboro in 1971. Other artists that recorded his material included O.C. Smithand Kenny Rogersand The First Edition. " I Believe In Music" often considered to be Davis' signature song, was recorded by several artists (including Marian Loveand Davis himself) before it finally became a hit in 1972 for the group Gallery.
uccess as a singer
Davis soon decided to pursue a career in country music. He was soon signed to
Columbia Recordsin 1970. His big success came two years later in 1972 when he topped the Country and Pop charts with the hit song "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me".
Davis'work in music seemed sometimes to be overtly sexual. For example, "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" (in which he pleads with a woman not to get too attached to him because he doesn't want to commit to a full-time relationship with her) was one of them, as well as other hit songs like "Naughty Girl" and "Baby Spread Your Love on Me". He wasn't alone in this; many country songs popular in the 1970s and 1980s featured sexual overtones. In 1974, Davis was awarded the Academy of Country Music's "Entertainer of the Year" award. Some of Davis' other hits included "Stop and Smell the Roses" (a number one Adult Contemporary hit in 1974) (Pop #9), "One Hell of a Woman" (Pop #11), and "Burnin' Thing" (Pop #53). At the end of the 1970s, he moved to
Casablanca Records, which had now gone into country music and was known primarily for its success with discodiva Donna Summerand rockers Kiss (band). His first hit for the label in 1980 was the novelty hit "It's Hard To Be Humble" which became his first country Top 10. He also had another Top 10 with "Let's Keep It That Way" later in the year. He achieved other hit songs like "Texas In My Rear View Mirror" and "Hooked on Music" which became his biggest country hit in 1981 going to #2. In 1985, he recorded his (to date) last Top Ten country hit with the song "I Never Made Love (Till I Made Love With You)".
From 1974 to 1976, Davis had his own television
variety showon NBC, " The Mac Davis Show". He made his feature filmdebut opposite Nick Noltein the football film, " North Dallas Forty" (1979) and as a result, was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" by " Screen World" magazine. This proved that Mac could have success in not just singing and songwriting, but also as an actor. He soon became well known for all three of these careers.
Will Rogersin the Broadway production of " The Will Rogers Follies". He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famein 2000. For his contribution to the recording industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fameat 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
In 1980, Davis hosted an episode of "
The Muppet Show". [http://www.kermitage.com/html/epguide/tms/season5/davis.html]
Davis served as the balladeer for the 2000 telefilm "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood" , replacing Don Williams, who served the part in 1997's The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, and
Waylon Jennings, who narrated the original " Dukes of Hazzard" TV show. Davis was the first balladeer to appear on screen to welcome the audience and provide exposition.
From 1999 to 2004, Davis voiced the characters Sheriff Buford (two episodes) and talk radio host, "the Sports Jock" (two episodes), on the animated series "
King of the Hill".
Davis also guest starred briefly in the "
8 Simple Rules" episode "Let's Keep Going, Part II" in April 2004 and also had a recurring role as Rodney Carrington's father-in-law on the sitcom " Rodney".
Decline and comeback
By the mid-1980s, his career in music was declining. His chart success was falling rapidly; Davis was one of many Country singers who had Pop music crossover success in the 70s and 80s whose careers slowed down to make way for artists like
Garth Brooksand Clint Black. After Casablanca Records closed down, Davis recorded for a short period of time with MCA Recordsin the mid 1980s. In 1990, he gained attention when he helped write the hit song for Dolly Partoncalled " White Limozeen". That same year, he also was on Broadway, performing in the show "The Will Rogers Follies". Mac Davis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Famein June 2006.
Davis is honored by the naming of Mac Davis Lane at Avenue O in his native Lubbock, which he still visits on occasion. He also has a plaque on the
West Texas Walk of Fame, beneath the statue of Buddy Holly. He currently describes the golfcourse as his office.
*Fran Cook (divorced) one son Scott (Scott was the inspiration for the song "Watching Scotty Grow")
*Sarah Barg - 1971 - 1976 (divorced) - no children, but she had an affair with and married
Glen Campbell. They had one child.
*Lisa Kristen Gerard - 1982 - ? two children Noah Claire and Cody Duke [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,951839,00.html?promoid=googlep] He has 3 children all together [http://www.celebritynooz.com/watn/mac_davis.html] : Joel Scott, Noah Claire, and Cody Duke [http://www.filmreference.com/film/69/Mac-Davis.html]
Mac Davis graduated from High School at 15 and moved to Atlanta to go to college. He lived with his mother and her new husband. He married a Georgian, Fran Cook, at 21, and when their son, Scott, was born a year later, He shifted from playing rock bands to learning the music business via Liberty Records' publishing division. The Liberty job got him to L.A. and made it easier to "pitch my own tunes" to record producers. "One day Fran decided to do her own thing, and she wanted me to do mine." They divorced, and she returned to Atlanta, where she still lives with Scott. Mac next met Sarah Barg, then 16 and living in his L.A. apartment building with her mother. Two years later they were married. "We talked about having a family, but I was waiting for her to grow up," he says. She left him in 1976 for [Glen Campbell] and had one child (Dylan) with Campbell. "Obviously, I was right," Davis once stated. In 1980 Davis started to date a young RN, Lisa Gerard. [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20076579,00.html] They married in 1982 when she was 24 and subsequently had two children. [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,951839,00.html]
ome famous quotes
* "Elvis was just like a big old kid. It was like he never got past 19, I don't think, in a lotta ways."
* "Don't Cry Daddy" is a pretty sad song. He got to the end of it and it was just real quiet when Elvis says, I'm gonna cut that someday for my daddy. And, by God he did. He lived up to his word."
elected hit singles
Mac Davis played small roles in the following TV shows and movies:
* 1979: "
North Dallas Forty"
* 1979: "Kenny Rogers and the American Cowboy"
* 1980: "Cheaper to Keep Her"
* 1983: "STING II" - Lead role opposite Jackie Gleason
* 1995: ""
* 1996: "Daytona Beach"
* 1998: "Possums" - Lead
* 2000: "
That 70s Show"
* 2004: "
8 Simples Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"
* 2004-2005: "
* 2008: "
Beer for My Horses"
* "Country Music:The Rough Guide; Wolff, Kurt; Penguin Publishing"
* All Music Guide
* [http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/interview_mac_davis.shtml Interview with Mac Davis]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:et8uaknk5m3n~T1 Mac Davis biography at the All Music Guide website]
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