Mac Davis parlayed his success as a songwriter into a career as one of America's most popular entertainers of the 1970’s and ‘80’s, a countrypolitan-styled singer and actor who found considerable success in both fields.
Mac first broke into the music business in 1962, doing promotion in Atlanta. In 1967 he moved to Los Angeles to work in publishing. He also began composing his own songs, with Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, Lou Rawls, and Kenny Rogers & the First Edition among the artists recording his works.
In 1968, Elvis Presley recorded Mac's A Little Less Conversation, and soon after the King scored in the charts with Memories and In the Ghetto. In 1970, he released his first chart single, Whoever Finds This, I Love You, from his debut album, Song Painter.
In 1972, Mac scored a number one pop hit with Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me, which also reached the country Top 20. His crossover success continued throughout the decade, with self-penned singles like Stop And Smell The Roses, One Hell Of A Woman and Burnin' Thing. Between 1974 and 1976, he hosted a musical variety show for NBC television. In 1979, he also starred in the film North Dallas Forty with Nick Nolte.
In the early 1980’s he had four Top Ten country hits that culminated with his biggest country single, Hooked on Music,. He also starred in the TV movie Cheaper to Keep Her and opposite Jackie Gleason and Karl Malden in The Sting II.
Always the “song painter” in 1990 Mac co-wrote Dolly Parton's hit White Limozeen.
He also tried his hand on Broadway in title role in The Will Rogers Follies and continues to this day to work in movies and television as well as writing songs.
In 2006 Mac was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame .