Singer-songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78

Singer-songwriter Mac Davis has died at 78. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: Renowned singer-songwriter Mac Davis died on Tuesday in Nashville following heart surgery. He was 78, Billboard reported.

Davis was famous for writing “In the Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation” for Elvis Presley, as well as commanding his own five-decade career that spanned the stage as well as the big and small screen.

Davis’ long-time manager, Jim Morey, said, “Mac Davis has been my client for over 40 years, and, more importantly, my best friend.”

“He was a music legend, but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. I will miss laughing about our misadventures on the road and his insightful sense of humour.”

Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash were among the artistes who recorded Davis’ compositions. The Grammy nominee scored hits with “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” which he took to No 1 himself in 1972, as well as “Stop and Smell the Roses” and “Rock N Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life).”

Davis also had his own NBC variety series in 1974, the same year the Academy of Country Music named him Entertainer of the Year.