Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home

Mac David Sounds Like Home

About Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home

(1977, NBC) 

Country and Western entertainer Mac Davis became a crossover star in the 1970s, thanks in part to a series of variety shows he made for NBC. One of the best of these is the Sounds Like Home, originally broadcast in 1977.

Davis got his start as a songwriter for Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra. He signed with Columbia Records in 1970 and began recording his own songs, including hits like "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me.” He later adding acting to his resume, as the star of North Dallas Forty. But Davis seemed most at home performing music for live audiences, as he does in this delightful special. 

Davis opens with stories of his youth in Lubbock, Texas, then welcomes superstar Dolly Parton, who sings “Coat Of Many Colors” and duets with Davis on “Applejack.” Comic George Carlin seems like an odd choice for a “Country” special, but his observational comedy fits perfectly with the down-home vibe. Welsh singer Tom Jones croons “Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow” and Davis joins him for “Stop and Smell the Roses.” Finally, Donna Summer sings “My Song For You” and everyone joins in a rousing finale. 

Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home is an hour of pure joy, a time capsule of the period when the lines between pop and Country were delightfully blurred.

Notable guest stars: Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, George Carlin, Tom Jones, Furry Lewis

Produced by Gary Smith, Dwight Hemion, Sandy Gallin, Raymond Katz 


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