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DAVIS, Mac

(b Scott Davis, 21 Jan. '42, Lubbock TX) One of the top country/pop singer/songwriters of '70s. Moved to Atlanta '57, attended Emory U, worked as ditch digger, pump jockey, probation officer etc, wrote songs, played in a band evenings. Regional manager for Vee-Jay records at the time they had the Beatles; made records for Vee-Jay, Capitol. Wrote 'You're Good For Me' (Lou Rawls, '67), then Elvis Presley's 'In The Ghetto', 'Memories', 'Don't Cry Daddy'. Signed with Columbia '69: breakthrough as singer was 'Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me' '72 (no. 1 pop chart). Wrote 'Something's Burning' (Kenny Rogers), 'I Believe In Music' (Statler Brothers), 'Lonesomest Lonesome' (Ray Price), 'Everything A Man Could Ever Need' (Glen Campbell) etc. He had a total of 30 country hits '70--86, incl. top fives 'Hooked On Music' and 'You're My Bestest Friend' '81 on Casablanca. Became top TV and cabaret performer; wrote and sang duet with Dolly Parton on 'Wait 'Til I Get You Home' '89. Appeared in films incl. North Texas Forty '79, Cheaper To Keep Her '80, The Sting II '83, took title role in Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies '92. Compilations on Columbia and Mercury CDs.