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.