About The Mac Davis Special: The Music Of Christmas
Country singer Mac Davis began his career as a session artist and songwriter in the late 1960s, penning songs for Nancy Sinatra, Elvis, and Bobby Goldsboro. He launched a solo career in the ‘70s, achieving crossover success with songs like “It’s Hard To Be Humble.” He also added acting to his resume, as the star of North Dallas Forty, Cheaper To Keep Her, and The Sting II. But Davis always seemed most at home performing music for live audiences, as he does in this holiday concert special from 1983.
Taped on location at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, Davis and guests Gladys Knight & the Pips, Barbara Mandrell and Ronnie Milsap sing traditional hymns, carols, and gospel songs before an enthusiastic congregation. Songs include: “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” with Milsap on piano, Mandrell on guitar, and Davis on harmonica; a Davis and Knight duet of “Up Where We Belong;” and a do-wop version of “White Christmas” with Davis, Milsap, and The Pips (Bubba Knight, William Guest, and Edward Patten).
The show closes with Davis, Mandrell, Knight, and Milsap trading lead vocals on a rousing version of “Last Month Of the Year,” an uplifting conclusion to an inspiring hour.
Produced and written by Ken Ehrlich