Music Icon Mac Davis Dead at 78

The entertainment industry is mourning the loss of music icon Mac Davis, who rose to fame after penning  “A Little…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 30, 2020


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The entertainment industry is mourning the loss of music icon Mac Davis, who rose to fame after penning  “A Little Less Conversation” and “In The Ghetto” for Elvis Presley.

Davis died on Tuesday (Sept. 29) after undergoing heart surgery. He was 78 years old.

“He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody,” his manager, Jim Morey, wrote on Facebook.

Morey went on to remember Davis as “a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend” and shared that he will “miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor.”

Throughout his career, Davis wrote songs for artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Bruno Mars, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Avicii, Andy Williams, Conway Twitty, Tom Jones, Bobby Blue Bland, Tammy Wynette, Weezer and Merle Haggard.

A recording artist in his own right, the legendary artist chart over 40 singles and released 20 albums during his career.

Davis was a celebrated artist and songwriter. He was inducted into the national Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 and became a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and honored with the BMI Icon Award in 2015.

Additionally, Davis saw a bit of success as an actor and television personality. He had his very own variety series, The Mac Davis Show, on NBC from 1974 to 1976 and also appeared in a handful of movies.

Mac Davis is survived by his Lise, wife of 38 years, as well as his sons Scott, Noah and Cody, daughters-in-law, Tammy, Amy, Cassia, granddaughter Lindsey, mother Edith and sister Linda.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.