Mac Davis, composer of Elvis Presley's hits 'In the ghetto' and 'A little less conversation', dies

Mac Davis, composer of Elvis Presley's hits 'In the ghetto' and 'A little less conversation', dies

His songs were also recorded by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, and Johnny Cash. He recently collaborated with Swedish DJ Avicii

Mac Davis, composer of Elvis Presley's hits 'In the ghetto' and 'A little less conversation', dies

Singer, songwriter and actor Mac Davis , author of In The Ghetto and other songs popularized by Elvis Presley , has died at the age of 78, according to the US Country Music Association (CMA).

The CMA collects the words of its manager, Jim Morey, who states that Davis was “critically ill” and died on Tuesday after undergoing heart surgery in Nashville.

Born in Lubbock (Texas) on January 21, 1942, Davis composed other songs for Elvis Presley such as A Little Less Conversation , Memories and Don't cry, daddy and his compositions were also recorded by other artists such as Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash .

He also developed his own career and gained popularity with songs like Baby don't get hooked on me , which earned him a Grammy nomination in 1972, Stop and smell the roses and Rock 'n' Roll (I gave you the best years of my life) .

Mac Davis, composer of Elvis Presley's hits 'In the ghetto' and 'A little less conversation', dies

After that success, he made the leap to television with his own variety show on NBC, The Mac Davis Show , which ran for two seasons and Davis continued to participate in Christmas specials until 1983.

A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, his first attempts to make a name for himself in the music world in the early 1960s were unsuccessful and he worked as an executive for record labels such as Vee Jay and Liberty.

But he never gave up his artistic dreams. After moving to Los Angeles he began his career as a songwriter and signed Watching Scotty grow for Bobby Goldsboro or Something's burning ' for Kenny Rogers, before beginning his collaboration with Elvis Presley.

In the ghetto has been recorded by more than 170 artists .

In total, it placed more than 30 songs on the Billboard country charts , six of them in the top 10, and also four albums on the Billboard's most popular album chart.

He made his film debut in 1979, opposite Nick Nolte in the comedy North Dallas Forty, and repeated his on-camera experience in modest titles such as Cheaper To Keep Her or The Sting II , as well as with small television roles, including the recent Heartstrings by Dolly Parton on Netflix.

As a composer he continued to be active well into the 21st century. One of his last collaborations was with the Swedish DJ and producer Avicii , with whom in 2013 he co-wrote the dance-pop song Addicted to you .

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