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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Mac Davis, the pop-country crossover star who wrote hits for Elvis Presley and had a No. 1 pop single of his own with "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me," died on Tuesday at a hospital here. He was 78. Davis enjoyed early success as a songwriter in the late 1960s, supplying Presley with Top 10 pop hits like "In the Ghetto" and "Don't Cry Daddy" after spending much of the decade working in sales and publishing for independent record companies. He also wrote "Something's Burning," a Top 20 pop single in 1970 for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, and "I Believe in Music," which was recorded by the Detroit pop group Gallery, reaching the Top 40 in 1972.

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Little known story:

Back in the days of rhinestones and beehive hairdos on country singers, Dolly Parton parted ways with her singing partner, Porter Waggoner. She heard Mac Davis was in town and called his room at a boutique hotel on Music Row here in Nashville. A friend of mine who was running one of the major labels at the time was visiting Mac Davis there.

Dolly came over. The three of them started talking. Ron, my friend, asked her what her next steps were in her career now that she was on her own as a female country act. And, per Dolly, with few prospects besides signing with a less-than-desirable booking agent known for being a real -------. Dolly stated crying.

As Ron related the story to me, he suggested Mac Davis set up a meeting for her with his manager in L.A., the legendary Sandy Gallin, who aggreed to meet with her. Ron bought her a plane ticket out there to meet with him and accompanied her to L.A. to introduce her to Gallin, who was also a friend of Ron's.

Sandy met her, but told her, repeatedly, that he didn't handle country singers. Again, this was the era of rhinestones and beehive hairdos. Dolly kept pleading with him, so Sandy, feeling sorry for her, said, 'since you flew all the way out here let me invite you to a party I'm having at my house (a huge mansion with a grand staircase).

At his house, Dolly changed into a dress she'd made herself that was completely covered with buttons. Sandy Gallin was gay, and all of his friends were completely enamored with Dolly. It got Sandy Gallin thinking.

Dolly ended up staying in L.A. and moved into Sandy's house where they spent the next couple of years remaking her image - physically and musically - and searched for 'pop' songs for her to record.

If not for Mac Davis and Ron, Dolly would have faded into obscurity. Now you know ... the rest of the story.

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-09-30 02:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

My dad played "Hard to Be Humble" so often in my childhood that in my eulogy to him I led the crowd in a sing-a-long of it. If he liked a song he'd play it 1,000 times until everybody else in the family had it burned into their brains forevermore.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2020-09-30 02:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY

That's a fun story. Porter Waggoner... That's a name I haven't heard in decades.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-09-30 04:06 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by rcade

That made me laugh honestly... Another song from childhood. My parents played it to death.

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-09-30 04:08 PM | Reply

RIP Mac Davis

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-09-30 04:08 PM | Reply

Mac Davis, Helen Reddy... who's going to be #3?

No one, I hope.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-09-30 05:28 PM | Reply

She was an office girl. "My name is Betty."
Her favorite group is Helen Reddy.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-30 05:51 PM | Reply

That's a fun story. Porter Waggoner... That's a name I haven't heard in decades.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete

It's the truth about how Dolly Parton was transformed from a country bumpkin country singer into a worldwide pop and movie star (in an era where females weren't treated well).

One of my friends went to Porter Wagoner's estate sale and bought a bunch of those gaudy Nudie and Tony Lama outfits.

This is what Dolly looked like then: mykindofcountry.files.wordpress.com

I never met Mac Davis, but I've always heard that he was a good soul who appreciated his success and helped others.

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-09-30 06:32 PM | Reply

Helen Reddy was another 78 year old. Holy sh** I'm 78! Does that mean I'm doomed?

#9 | Posted by Ray at 2020-10-01 04:57 PM | Reply

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