He said that happiness was Lubbock in the rearview mirror. As a youngster, he said, he used to go to the skating rink where he routinely got into fistfights. And where he listened to a local singer named Buddy Holly.

Mac Davis was referred to by some as a “song painter” rather than a songwriter. He wrote for (and with) more big-name stars than this column has space to list. One of his greatest songs became one of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits; his song, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” launched his own recording career.

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Bailey Jones

I was at Texas Tech during the heyday of the Texas outlaws - Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, and Willie, of course. There were others, but these were the albums that I owned and played. One or more of these legends would stop into the original Stubbs barbeque in Lubbock - if memory serves, which it certainly might not in this case.

But I can say two things with confidence. Mr. Bojangles is one of the greatest songs ever written, and happiness is indeed Lubbock in your rearview mirror.

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