Artist Mac Davis, the composer of some of Elvis Presley’s hits, has died at the age of 78.

The Country Music Association (CMA) has collected the words of the artist’s manager, Jim Morey, who has specified that Davis was “critically ill” and passed away yesterday, Tuesday, September 29, after having undergone heart surgery.

Davis was born in Lubbock, Texas, on January 21, 1942. His first attempts to gain a foothold in the world of music were not as he expected. After working for record labels, he managed to move to Los Angeles and started as composer.

He signed topics like Watching Scotty grow for Bobby Goldsboro The Something’s burning, for Kenny Rogers.

He composed songs for Elvis Presley as A little less conversation, Memories Y Don’t cry, daddy. Her songs were also recorded by artists such as Dolly Parton and Tom Jones, among others.

The song In the ghetto, originally composed for Elvis Presley, has been recorded more than 170 times by other artists.

The singer, songwriter and actor developed his career and rose to popularity with songs like Baby don’t get hooked on me, which helped him to obtain a Grammy nomination in 1972.

After this success, he jumped on television with his own program broadcast by NBC that bore the title The Mac Davis Show and it aired for two seasons. Later, the artist participated in Christmas specials.

In total, Davis placed more than 30 songs on the Billboard country charts, six of them in the Top 10 and, also, four albums on the Billboard most popular album chart.

In 1979, Mac Davis made his film debut, alongside Nick Nolte, in the comedy North Dallas Forty and repeated the experience on the big screen with titles like Cheaper to keep her The The Sting II. In addition, she participated in some series with small cameos, such as. Heartstrings, the Dolly Parton, and Netflix.

In his role as a composer, Davis remained active and, in 2013, he co-wrote one of his last compositions with Avicii: Addicted to you.