Singer-songwriter Mac Davis critically ill following heart surgery


Mac Davis, the songwriter who made a name for himself writing music for the Sinatras and Elvis Presley, is “critically ill” after he had heart surgery in Nashville.

Davis wrote Memories, In the Ghetto and Don’t Cry Daddy for Elvis. He also wrote for Glen Campbell and Kenny Rogers before embarking on a music career of his own in 1970.

As a solo artist, Davis had memorable tracks like Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me and Stop and Smell the Roses. He was the ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1974.

Davis is 78 and a member of both the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the National Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.