LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - World-renowned Lubbock native, singer-songwriter Mac Davis has passed away, a day after reports of critical illness following heart surgery in Nashville, according to Davis' manager.
A statement from the Davis family was posted to social media accounts on Monday, claiming to represent Davis and his manager, saying Davis was critically ill, and “your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time.”
On Tuesday, Davis' manager announced that he passed away at age 78, “surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody.”
Morris Mac Davis was born in Lubbock on January 21, 1942. He graduated from Lubbock high school at 16 years old. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his mother lived, to get out of Lubbock.
Davis first found success as a songwriter, writing songs for stars like Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Freddie Hart, Ray Price, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, and more.
Songs he wrote and recorded include ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me’ and his hit song, '(Lubbock) Texas In My Rearview Mirror," ends with the line: “When I die, you can bury me in Lubbock, Texas, in my jeans.”
Davis has been successful on television, film, and on the stage.
Davis had a successful series on NBC called ‘The Mac Davis Show.’
After many TV specials, Davis was named the ‘Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of The Year.’
Davis was ‘The People’s Choice Award’s’ first-ever ‘Favorite Male Singer.’
On the silver screen, Davis stared in ‘North Dallas Forty,’ ‘The Sting II,’ ‘Cheaper to Keeper’, and ‘Possums.’
Davis received a star on Hollywood Boulevards Walk of Fame.
Davis was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Sing-Writers Hall of Fame.
And in August 2004, the City of Lubbock honored the singer by naming a street after him, ‘Mac Davis Lane’ and proclaimed July 31st as Mac Davis Day in Lubbock.
In 1992, Davis portrayed Will Rogers on Broadway in the ‘Will Rogers Follies’ and in The National Touring Company.
Along with acting, Davis was the voice behind many voiceovers and he also hosted a live radio show in Los Angeles, playing classic county and interviewing singer/songwriters from all over the country.
“One of the greatest joys of my life was producing the Lubbock Centennial ceremonies. And that went from 2008 to 2009. And we produced three concerts with Mac that year. One at the old Coliseum, the Fourth of July evening concert...and then in 2009, the concert at United Spirit Arena was the Legends concert, and Mac headlined and and emceed all of those shows for us,” said Don Caldwell of Caldwell Entertainment who was a good friend of Mac’s.
“You would listen to him and go, ‘Golly, that was Mac Davis that wrote that.’ He wrote his songs for lots of people... Elvis being one of them.”
Caldwell says Mac Davis will be buried in Lubbock, Texas in his blue jeans just like he says at the end of his song.