Elvis Songwriter, Country Singer Mac Davis Dead At 78

Mac Davis, known for writing popular Elvis Presley hits such as “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” has died at the age of 78.

The legendary country singer and songwriter died on Tuesday, September 29, as he became “critically ill” after undergoing heart surgery in Nashville.

“He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody,” his manager Jim Morey said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Morey described Davis as “a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.” His strong bond with the musician was evident in the statement.

“I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor,” Morey said. “When there was a tough decision to be made he often told me ‘You decide.. I’m going to the golf course!'”

Davis, who made his debut as a country music singer with the album Song Painter in 1970, was also a writer, actor and TV host.

Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me, released in 1972, was his breakthrough album.

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

(Photo: Carol M. Highsmith)

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