Country singer Mac Davis, who’d also written hits for legends such as Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra, has died. He was 78.
The musician passed away on Tuesday, September 28, in Nashville following a heart surgery, his manager confirmed in a statement. Davis had fallen “critically ill” after the operation, according to a tweet from his family on Monday.
Davis kickstarted his music career in the ’60s as a prolific songwriter, penning hits such as “In the Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation” for Presley, and “Home” for Sinatra. Following the success of the songs, he’d go on to work with country icons such as Dolly Parton, Bobby Goldsboro and Kenny Rogers.
In the ’70s, Davis branched out to develop his own career as a recording artist. He scored several crossover hits through the decade, ranking highly on both pop and country charts, and even clinching a Billboard Hot 100 number one hit with “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” in 1972.
Davis would release ten full-length albums throughout the ’70s and another eight in the ’80s, before one final release in 1994: Will Write Songs for Food. After over a decade in retirement, the musician revived his career as a songwriter in the 2010s, collaborating with Bruno Mars on “Young Girls” in 2012 and Avicii on 2014’s “Addicted to You.”
Davis’ collaborators, including Parton, and other country contemporaries have since shared tributes in memory of the late musician. Check them out below:
Many hearts are broken today, including my own, with the death of one of my dearest friends, Mac Davis. We lost one of the world’s greatest writers, singers, and entertainers (1/2) pic.twitter.com/MUt66wtwEn
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 30, 2020
Goodbye to my great friend Mac Davis. pic.twitter.com/enll3MAQ4O
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) September 30, 2020
Very sad tonight! I just heard that legendary singer, songwriter and actor, Mac Davis has passed away after heart surgery. I grew up watching The Mac Davis show and loving his talent. This is heartbreaking!
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) September 30, 2020
RIP, Mac Davis. Revisit his greatest hits here: