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Jan. 21: Mac Davis first came to fame as a songwriter in the late ’60s and early ’70s, penning Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto” and “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and having pop hits with his own compositions like “I Believe In Music” and “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me.” In honor of his 68th birthday, here’s his biggest country success: a No. 2 record from 1981 that sounds like it could have come straight out of 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. Better known as Sun Records.

Actually, “Hooked On Music” was cut at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., for Davis’ autobiographical album, Texas In My Rearview Mirror. It recalls the stirrings of rock ‘n’ roll through the eyes of a music-loving Lubbock teen. I had the Casablanca Records single of this song, and I wore it out. I’d sure like to know who played on the record; the only picker I’ve been able to identify is Earl “Peanut” Montgomery on guitar. Whether he’s providing rhythm, or those great Scotty Moore lead licks, I can’t say. Oh, well.

Learn more about Mac Davis’ career as a songwriter, singer and actor at Allmusic.com.

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