BACK STAGE BY LIZ ADAMS I believe in music

“Whoever finds this, I love you.”   —Mac Davis

Mac Davis


The first hit song Mac Davis wrote was for Elvis Presley. In a 2015 interview, Davis said he wrote that song in one night in 1968. You can probably hear it in your head as you read the familiar lyrics “Memories pressed between the pages of my mind…of holding hands and red bouquets and twilights trimmed in purple haze, laughing eyes and simple ways, quiet nights and gentle days with you.” 

Many of you may have memories along a soundtrack that Mac Davis wrote, and some may not even know it. From Dolly Parton to Weezer, Bruno Mars to Nancy Sinatra, famous voices have shared his words with diverse audiences. With a successful career spanning six decades and several genres, he just might have found it “hard to be humble.”   

When he was growing up in Lubbock, Davis said got in plenty of fistfights. He graduated from high school and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he formed a band called the Zots. Davis went on to write songs performed by B.J. Thomas, Kenny Rogers, Perry Como, and Helen Reddy, and covered a song by Crystal Gayle. 

He played and sang the award-winning song “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” which sold over a million copies in 1972. He had his own TV show, once hosted “The Muppet Show,” and even sang at Ronald Reagan’s 1985 Inaugural Gala. He’s been on Broadway, in movies, and provided the voices for animated characters on “King of the Hill.” His song “I Believe in Music” has been popular with choirs and introduced new generations to him. 

Even though he wrote that “happiness Is Lubbock, Texas in my rear-view mirror,” the lyrics expressed his wish to return and announced, “When I die, you can bury me in Lubbock, Texas, in my jeans.” 

The American music legend reached his final resting place in Lubbock on Oct. 5, 2020.

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