Born January 21, 1942 in Lubbock Texas as Morris Mac Davis,
where his parents ran a coin laundromat. Mac graduated
from Lubbock High School when he was only 16 .
Reflecting on his high school years Davis once
said, "Oh, man, I got
beat up so much while I was growing up in Lubbock . . . "
After he finished
high school, Davis moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his mother
lived, to get out of Lubbock." Davis said
in a March 2, 2008 interview with the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.
Davis became famous as a songwriter and got his start while an
employee of Nancy Sinatra's company, Boots Enterprises, Inc. Davis
was with Boots for several years in the late 1960s.
His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced the hits
"Memories", "In the Ghetto," "Don't Cry Daddy," and "A Little Less
Conversation." A subsequent solo career in the 1970s produced hits
such as "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me," making him a well-known name
in pop music. He also starred in his own variety show, a Broadway
musical, and various films and TV shows.
As a singer he achieved other successful songs, such as "(Lubbock)
In My Rear View Mirror" and "Hooked on Music", which
became his biggest Country music success in 1981, going to no. 2. In
1985, he recorded his last top 10 country music success with the
song "I Never Made Love (Till I Made Love With You)".
Mac Davis died September 29, 2020 in Nashville Tennessee following
heart surgery. He was buried
in his home town, Lubbock Texas. In a nod to his song, “Texas In My
Rear View Mirror,” he was buried in his jeans.