As the Snow Flies January 16, 2012Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws, Entertainment.
Some of you may remember that I used to work in ShowBiz ™. One of my very favorite acts to work was Mac Davis. He was a prolific songwriter back in the 70’s.
…he also began composing his own songs, with Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, Lou Rawls, and Kenny Rogers & the First Edition among the artists recording his work.
In 1968, Elvis Presley recorded Davis’ “A Little Less Conversation,” and soon after the King was requesting more of his work. After notching a Top 40 hit with Davis’ “Memories,” Presley reached the Top Five in 1969 with the songwriter’s “In the Ghetto,” a single from the landmark From Elvis in Memphis LP. Davis also arranged the music for Presley’s first television special before signing his own recording contract in 1970. In that year, he released his first chart single, “Whoever Finds This, I Love You,” from his debut album, Song Painter.
In 1972, Davis scored a number one pop hit with “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” which also reached the country Top 20. His crossover success continued throughout the decade, with singles like 1974’s “Stop and Smell the Roses,”
On Mac’s closing nights Practical Jokes would always be played. Mac was usually on the receiving end, fortunately he had a great sense of humor. This particular night, in 1977, I had an idea for a joke.
You’re all familiar with Elvis Presely’s recording of ‘In the Ghetto’, written by Mac. It starts with a melodic guitar intro then the lyrics “As the Snow Flies”.
We rigged up a box full of stage snow, directly over Mac’s stool. As he sang the lines, I tripped the snow.
Fortunately (for you) there is photographic evidence.
He cracked up so much, he couldn’t finish the song.
In the background, is Mac’s conductor, Velton Ray Bunch, who is kind of a big deal now.
Born and raised in the small, rural town of Goldsboro, North Carolina, it took a quantum leap for Velton Ray Bunch to arrive in Los Angeles to do what he does best – make music. With qualifications ranging from five Emmy nominations to working with Dolly Parton to scoring Star Trek: Enterprise, Bunch has shown a versatility that could only come from someone with such a diverse background.
Maybe next time I’ll tell you about the closing night practical joke that Mac played on Ray.