Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!
Mac Davis died this week. The pop-country crossover star died in a Nashville hospital due to complications from recent heart surgery. Davis was 78. This week, a musical salute.
At the start of the 1970’s Davis embarked on a successful solo career. This #1 was his biggest hit.
Davis had his own variety TV show, appeared in movies, and did concert tours where he always ended the shows with, not the song you just heard, but this, performed on the Johnny Cash Show at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Lots of people recorded that Davis tune. The group “Gallery” enjoyed the most success.
In 2006 Davis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Davis wrote for Dolly Parton, O.C. Smith, Freddie Hart, Ray Price, Lou Rawls, and Bobby Goldsboro. Do you remember?
An executive at United Artists Records wasn’t optimistic about the song saying, “I just don’t think anyone will buy a record about a father and a son.” The recording reached #11 on the Billboard chart.
That was 1970 and Davis was on a songwriting roll, penning this sizzler.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Davis wrote “Memories,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and “In the Ghetto” for Elvis.
Another Davis composition was included in Elvis’ 1968 movie “Live a Little, Love a Little. ” Then in 2002 Dutch musician Tom Holkenborg, better known as Junkie XL or JXL, electronically re-mixed the song that became an international smash, hitting #1 in 26 countries.