We were saddened to learn of the passing of singer/songwriter Mac Davis. A noted songwriter, he composed numerous hits, including iconic Elvis Presley numbers “In The Ghetto,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and “A Little Less Conversation,” one of The King’s biggest posthumous hits. Furthermore, in the 1970s his own solo career took off. I learned to appreciate him when I move to Lubbock, Texas in the early 1990s. He released a wonderful song in 1980, “Texas In My Rear View Mirror,” containing the lyric Happiness is Lubbock Texas in my rear view mirror. But in Lubbock. people excised the “Texas” from the lyric and it became a tongue-in-cheek city motto. But the song isn’t necessarily a slam of Lubbock in particular; it’s about how youth compels us to run away from our hometown. It’s a long, around-the-barn love song to his home town.
Davis passed away Tuesday at the age of 78.
Whether or not he will be buried in Lubbock, Texas in his jeans has yet to be announced.