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Mac Davis

Updated on January 31, 2015

I published a hub about Bobby Goldsboro and fellow hubber TamCor mentioned his single, "Watchin' Scotty Grow" in the comments. That inspired my research about the origins of the lyrics of that song. It turns out that Mac Davis wrote it. Thanks,TamCor for the inspiration for this hub.

I've known for a long time that Mac Davis has written a lot of songs for a lot of people. I thought I'd do a little research about this fascinating singer and actor and share the information with you.

Fast Facts About Mac Davis

Name: Scott "Mac" Davis

Born: January 21, 1942 in Lubbock Texas


  • Fran Cook 1963-1968 (divorced) one son Joel Scott
  • Sarah Barg - 1971 - 1976 (She was 18, he was 29, she divorced him for Glen Campbell)
  • Lise Kristen Gerard - 1982 - present (She was 24, he was 40, they have two children Noah Claire and Cody Luke)


  • 1974-Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award
  • The very first "Favorite Male Singer" in the People's Choice Awards
  • 2003-BMI TV Music Award
  • 2006-Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
  • Inducted in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Has a street named after him in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas

Mac Davis looking so 70s with his bushy hair and long sideburns.
Mac Davis looking so 70s with his bushy hair and long sideburns.

"I Believe in Music" by Mac Davis

"Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" by Mac Davis

Songs Written by Mac Davis Recorded by Others

Recorded by Elvis Presley:

  • "In the Ghetto" (Top 5 hit in 1969)
  • "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" (Top 40 Pop Charts in 1969)
  • "Memories" (Top 40 Pop hit in 1969)
  • "A Little Less Conversation" (Top 100 Pop hit in 1968 & re-released 2002)
  • "Don't Cry Daddy" (Top 10 Pop hit in 1970)

Recorded by O.C. Smith:

  • "Daddy's Little Man" (Top 40 Pop Charts in 1969)

Recorded by Nancy Sinatra:

  • "God Knows I Love You" (Top 100 Pop Charts in 1969)

Recorded by Glen Campbell:

  • "Everything a Man Could Be" (#52 Pop Charts 1970)

Recorded by The Lettermen:

  • "Memories" (Top 50 Pop hit in 1970)

Recorded by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition:

  • "Somethin's Burnin'" (#11 Pop hit in 1970)

Recorded by Bobby Goldsboro:

  • "Watchin' Scotty Grow" (#11 Pop hit 1971) (song was inspired by Mac's own son Scott)

Recorded by Gallery:

  • "I Believe in Music" (#22 Pop charts 1972)

Recorded by Candi Stanton:

  • "In the Ghetto" (Top 50 Pop Charts-1972)

Recorded by Dolly Parton:

  • "White Limozeen" -1990

"I Believe in Music", besides being recorded by Mac Davis, was recorded by Marian love, Louis Jordon, Perry Como, and Gallery (1972).

Mac Davis Singles

1970 "I'll Paint You a Song"

1970 "Whoever Finds This I Love You" (#53 Pop Hit)

1971 "Beginning to Feel the Pain" (#92 Pop hit)

1972 "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" (#1 Pop hit & Country Top 20)

1972 "Everybody Loves a Love Song" (#63 Pop)

1973 "Dream Me Home"

1974 "One Hell of a Woman" (#11 Pop)

1974 "Stop and Smell the Roses" (#1 Adult Contemporary, #9 Pop)

1975 "Burnin' Thing" (#53 Pop)

1975 "Rock'N Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life)"

1976 "Forever Lovers"

1978 "Music In My Life"

1980 "It's Hard to Be Humble" (#43 Pop, Top 10 Country hit)

1980 "Let's Keep It That Way" (Top 10 Country hit)

1981 "Texas in My Rearview Mirror" (#51 Pop)

1981 "Hooked on Music" (#2 on the Country charts)

1981 "Secrets"

1982 "Rodeo Clown"

1982 "You're My Bestest Friend"

1984 "Most of All"

1985 "I Feel the Country Callin' Me"

1985 "I Never Made Love (Till I Made It with You)"

1986 "Sexy Young Girl"

Acting Career

  • Had his own variety show, The Mac Davis Show from1974-1976
  • North Dallas Forty (1979)
  • Hosted The Muppet Show in 1980
  • Cheaper to Keep Her in 1980
  • The Sting II in 1983
  • Played Will Rogers in the Broadway production of the Will Rogers Follies- 1990
  • Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1995
  • Daytona Beachin 1996
  • Possums in 1998
  • That 70s Show in 2000
  • Replaced Don Williams as the voice of the balladeer in the 2000 telefilm, The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood
  • Provided the voice of Sheriff Buford and talk radio host "The Sports Jock" on King of the Hill 1999-2004
  • 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2004
  • Played Rodney Carrington's father-in-law, Carl, on Rodney in 2004-2005
  • Beer for My Horses in 2008


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    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, Bea! I have corrected it.

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      6 years ago

      Just a correction. Mac Davis was married to Fran Cook from 1963 - 1968.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Good to hear, Tammy. I know what you mean, we're all just one big HP family. It is like we all know each other, but yet haven't met. :)

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      Tammy Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      We're all fine--things are looking up finally, lol...

      It's so funny, but I have been thinking about you all week, after I saw your post...someone I've never met, but feel like I know--know what I mean? :)

      I am so glad you're home and doing well!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hey Tammy! Yes, I did have surgery on Monday, came home Thursday afternoon. I'm doing very well, thank you! I get the staples removed on Tuesday assuming all is healed well. Thanks for stopping by and checking on me! Hope you guys have all been doing well!

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      Tammy Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      KCC--I just saw this pop up on Hubtivity, and had to come on and see how you are--didn't you have surgery this week? I didn't see your post about it to wish you good luck, until it was too late. :(

      Anyway, I hope you're recuperating nicely!


    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Bluegrass, this is the link to what Wikipedia has to say about Mac & Elvis and the song you're talking about:

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      8 years ago

      On Youtube you can find a recording of "A Little Less Conversation" made by Mac Davis.

      Can somebody help me to find on which date Mac Davis made this recording ? Was it a demo for Elvis ?

      Greetings from France.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      I know what you mean Lisa, they tend to slip our mind when they're not still putting stuff out there. I'm glad you enjoyed the 'trip'.

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      Lisa HW 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very nice. I hate to say it, but I'd forgotten about Mac Davis and Bobby Goldsboro until I read your Hub. Nice trip down "Memory Lane". :)

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Tom! Mac Davis really needs to crank out some more hits like those!

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      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Wonderful job....I had forgotten he wrote "In the Ghetto"...what a songwriter he is! I really enjoyed this.....thanks! :)

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Wasn't it cute, Paradise? LOL And the singing fish. LOL

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      9 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good hub. "Baby, Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" sung to Miss Piggy is a CLASSIC! Thank you, KCC.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for stopping by alekhouse! I miss Mac Davis.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I remember Mac Davis. Don't see too much of him anymore. But, he sure wrote a lot of songs....didn't know that.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks TamCor! It was your hub. :) I love "It's Hard to be Humble". Did you get to watch the "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" video with him in swim trucks & a tank singing with Miss Piggy? It was cute.

      Thanks MM! I have a feeling a lot of people don't realize how many songs Mac Davis was behind. Hopefully, this hub will help. I might have to look into Lee Michaels. I know the song you're talking about and I've always liked it.

      I have to be on a roll...I've got 10 to go to get my 200 by the end of the month. I hit my second adsense payout today too!

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Wow. Another great meander down memory lane.I didn't know Mac Davis wrote all those songs for others!

      I get Mac Davis confused with Lee Michaels,, the guy who sang, "Do You Know What I Mean?"

      You are really on a roll with the hubs, KCC!

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      Tammy Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Oh, you got it done--and what a great job, too...I knew he had written songs for many others, but not that many! Tom was just sitting here, singing "It's Hard to be Humble" for me, lol...

      I really enjoyed reading this, thanks so much for posting it!

      And, thank you for the mention, too...:)

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      It was performed by Elvis, but Mac Davis wrote it. It was also performed later by Candi Stanton. I've also heard a version that Lisa Marie did with a mix of her dad.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Interesting facts, but I thought "In the Ghetto" was performed by the king?


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