Singer, songwriter, and Lubbock native Mac Davis passed away Tuesday evening. Mac Davis was well known for songs like “Texas in my Rear View Mirror”, “ It’s Hard to be Humble” and “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me“. He was also a respected songwriter producing Elvis hits like “Memories” and “In the Ghetto”, Mac also wrote songs For Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers.
Born in Lubbock Mac Davis was quickly inspired by the Music of fellow Lubbock artist Buddy Holly but they never had any major interactions as Holly died when Davis was only 17. Mac Davis actually ended up in the music scene with another rock and roll legend by the name of Elvis Presley. Mac’s first song he wrote for Presley was “A Little Less Conversation” he continued writing for Presley among other prominent country and rock artists.
In the 1970s Davis began releasing songs of his own but it took him 2 years to get his first hit in “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me”. In the 1980s Mac broke into the mainstream with 5 country music top 10 hits including “Hooked on Music” which peaked at #2. He continued to write and sing songs until the late 1990s. He had a short-acting career in which he played characters in Dukes of Hazard, King of the Hill and even hosting his own show in the 70s and early 80s.
Mac Davis will forever be in the hearts of Lubbock country music fans. He already has a street named after him near the Jones AT&T Stadium. He is a Lubbock legend and left this quote in his song “Texas in The Rearview Mirror” “But now happiness was Lubbock Texas growing nearer and dearer
And the vision was getting clearer in my dream
And I think I finally know just what it means
And when I die you can bury me in Lubbock Texas in my jeans. “