CARTHAGE, Texas (KLTV) - Country music fans are mourning the loss of Texas native Mac Davis. The singer-songwriter passed away Tuesday, one day after reports of critical illness following heart surgery in Nashville, according to Davis' manager. He was 78.
Davis was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage in 2004. A display case filled with some of Davis' personal items, including a signed guitar, is located inside the museum.
“He was absolutely one of the most delightful inductees we’ve ever had,” said Tommie Ritter-Smith with the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. “He became a part of our family very quickly, and he absolutely loved Carthage.”
Ritter-Smith recalled the phone call she made to Davis to inform him of his induction.
“His first comment was that he had not performed in a long, long time,” she said. “He first told me that he wouldn’t come.”
And while he hesitated at first, Davis decided to travel to Carthage and perform at the annual induction ceremony. That night Davis decided to play without a band, walking out on stage with nothing more than his guitar.
“It was one of the most popular things that we’ve had,” Ritter-Smith said. “And of course, only Mac Davis could pull that off.”
And after the show that night, the performer who had not performed in so long said he was ready for more.
“He told me, ‘I had so much fun. I think I’m going to start performing again," Ritter-Smith said.
Along with being a singer-songwriter, Davis also starred in several movies and TV shows, including his own variety show in the 1970s.