He was “critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville," according to a Tweet from his family.
Country music artist and songwriter for some of Elvis Presley's biggest hits, Mac Davis, died on Tuesday. He was 78-years-old and was “critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville,” according to a tweet from his family on Monday. His manager confirmed the entertainer’s death in a statement, reports Rolling Stone. Scott 'Mac' Davis was born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1942, as per Elvis.com. He lived in Atlanta during his early years in the music business. He played in a rock 'n roll band while working as a regional manager for Vee-Jay Records. Though he was known for his songwriting skills, he rose to fame with Elvis Presley.
We are sorry to report that legendary singer/songwriter Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville.— Mac Davis (@OfficialMDavis1) September 28, 2020
Your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time. #PrayForMacDavis 🙏
The Davis Family
Davis's big breakthrough happened in 1969-70 when Elvis Presley turned three of his songs, "In The Ghetto", "Memories" and "Don't Cry Daddy" into major hits. "The first time I saw Elvis in person I knew he was special. Number one he was the prettiest man you ever saw in your life. He was really beyond handsome. There was something electric about him," said Davis. "Coming along when he did, moving the way he did, jumping around the way he did plus the fact that every woman was totally mesmerized by him. And if they said they weren't they were lying. Everything came to standstill when you saw Elvis."
Sending light and love from DC. I first saw Mac in concert in Springfield, Massachusetts many and then worked with him on the Monte Carlo Show in the early 80s. Such a sweet and talented guy! #IBelieveInMusic— Steve Culbertson (@Culbs) September 30, 2020
"It was unbelievable every time he performed. He was just a great looking guy and he was very confident. He knew what he could do and what he had and he played on it." Davis recounted how he felt when he first saw Presley perform. "Flabbergasted, jaw dropped. Hero, you know. All that stuff. All of the above. You know, he was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Of course, I was just a kid, you know. So was he." Davis paved way for success by himself, and in 1974, he was named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, beating out nominees like Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard. That same year, he was nominated for Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.
Prayers go out to Mac Davis and the Davis family. I saw him many times in concert and even was lucky enough to meet him once. His music means so much to so many. Wishing him a speedy recovery. #prayformacdavis— Diane Kreiss (@califdiane) September 29, 2020
Davis, who is also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the National Songwriters Hall of Fame, has had his songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, and the soft-rock band Gallery, one of many artists who cut Davis’ “I Believe in Music.” In 1989, he recorded the duet “Wait ‘Til I Get You Home” with Dolly Parton for the country legend’s album White Limozeen. Davis also dabbled at acting, with his own variety series, The Mac Davis Show, from 1974 to 1976 on NBC. His most recent TV appearance was in 2019, when he appeared in an episode of the Netflix series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.
So very sorry to hear this. Saddens many hearts that this man who has brought so much happiness through his music is so ill. May all his friends and fans pray together for complete healing. We love you Mac.— Kathy Price (@CindeRellaSun20) September 29, 2020
Country music singer, songwriter, and record producer Kenny Chesney labeled Davis as an early influence and remembered him on Tuesday as a “songwriting hero.” “He welcomed me into his home and turned that tremendous creative light on me. Even though he’d written ‘In the Ghetto’ for Elvis and had so many incredible hits of his own, he made me feel like what I was doing mattered,” Chesney said. “A small-town boy who’d achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man. That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me.”
My heart is broken at this loss! I always had a huge crush on him and adored his music. I wish I had been able to see him in person. I wish I could find copies of his variety show. I loved when he would make up songs from audience suggestions! So talented and entertaining!!— Cameron Hays (@cameronhays2000) September 30, 2020