Mac Davis Biography – Mac Davis Wiki
Mac Davis born Morris Mac Davis was an American country music singer, songwriter, and actor, originally from Lubbock, Texas, United States, who enjoyed much crossover success. 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”. He also starred in his own variety show, a Broadway musical, and various films and TV shows.
He graduated at 16 from Lubbock High School in Lubbock, Texas. He also joined Golden Gloves but didn’t do good even in his own division. After he finished high school, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his mother lived, to get out of Lubbock. Once he was settled in Atlanta, he organized a rock and roll group called the Zots, and made two singles for OEK Records, managed and promoted by OEK owner Oscar Kilgo.He also worked for the Vee Jay record company as a regional manager, and later also served as a regional manager for Liberty Records. He became famous as a songwriter and got his start as an employee of Nancy Sinatra’s company, Boots Enterprises, Inc. He was with Boots for several years in the late 1960s. During his time there, he played on many of Sinatra’s recordings, and she worked him into her stage shows. Boots Enterprises also acted as Davis’s publishing company, publishing songs such as “In the Ghetto”, “Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife”, “Home”, “It’s Such a Lonely Time of Year”, and “Memories”, which were recorded by Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, B. J. Thomas, and many others. He left Boots Enterprises in 1970 to sign with Columbia Records, taking all of his songs with him.
One of the songs he wrote in 1968, called “A Little Less Conversation”, was recorded by Elvis Presley. Presley recorded “In the Ghetto” in sessions in Memphis. According to record producer Jimmy Bowen, “Ghetto” was originally pitched to Sammy Davis, Jr. but Mac Davis, guitar in hand, played the song in a studio, with onlookers such as Jesse Jackson and other members of the black activist community. He soon decided to pursue a career of his own in country music; he was signed to Columbia Records in 1970. After several years of enriching the repertoires of other artists, his big success came two years after signing with Columbia. He topped the Country and Pop charts with the song “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me”. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America in September 1972. From 1974 to 1976, Davis had his own television variety show on NBC, The Mac Davis Show. He made his feature film debut opposite Nick Nolte in the football film, North Dallas Forty, and was listed as one of 12 “Promising New Actors of 1979” by Screen World magazine. He also starred in the 1981 comedy film Cheaper To Keep Her, playing a divorced detective who worked for a neurotic feminist attorney. He tracked down husbands who were failing to pay alimony to their ex-wives, to fund his own alimony payments for his own ex-wife. The film received mainly negative reviews and was not a box-office success. He died on September 29, 2020, at age 78 leaving behind his wife Lise Gerard, and his three children.
Mac Davis Age
He was born on January 21, 1942, in Lubbock, Texas, United States, and died on September 29, 2020, aged 78 in Nashville.
Mac Davis Wife
He married three times. When he was 21, he married a Georgian, Fran Cook, and their son, Joel Scott, was born a year later. They got married in 1963 and divorced in 1968 and she returned to Atlanta. He next met Sarah Barg, then 16, and living in his apartment building with her mother. Two years later, they were married. They were married from 1971 to 1976. In 1980, he began to date a young nurse, Lise Gerard. They married in 1982 when she was 24, and they subsequently had two children called Noah Claire and Cody Luke.
Mac Davis Children
He had three children from two of his marriages. His children are Joel Scott from his first marriage to Fran Cook, Noah Claire, and Cody Luke from his third and last marriage to Lise Kristen Gerard.
Mac Davis Family
His parents divorced when he was young and so 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. He described his father as “very religious, very strict, and very stubborn”.
Mac Davis Death
He died on September 29, 2020, at age 78. According to a tweet from his family on Monday, September 29, 2020, Davis became “critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville.” His manager confirmed the entertainer’s death in a statement.
Kenny Chesney counted 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.”
Mac Davis Cause of Death
He died at age 78 after suffering a heart attack in Nashville on September 29, 2020.
Mac Davis Height
He stood at a total height of 5 feet, 9 inches tall.
Mac Davis Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $12 million.