Mac Davis’ 70s solo career kicked off with this song 7



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The country and pop singer/songwriter, Mac Davis’ hit single was number one for three weeks running in 1972.

Davis’ earlier work involved writing for Elvis Presley. He even helped produce Elvis’s hit “A Little Less Conversation”. However, in the 70s Davis decided to take a different approach and produced his first solo album; it went on to become very well-known pop music.

This particular hit, in 1972 sold over one million copies world wide and was awarded a Gold Disc by the Recording Industry Association of America. Davis was also nominated for a Grammy for this song.

Davis’ hit single featured sexual themes which seemed to be a popular choice in songs by country artists during the 70s and 80s. Davis’ hit talks about pleading with women to not become enamoured with him as he did not want a full time relationship.

Can you guess the tune? Here is a clue:

Girl, you’re gettin’ that look in your eyes
And it’s startin’ to worry me
I ain’t ready for no family ties
Nobody’s gonna hurry me
Just keep it friendly, girl, ’cause
I don’t wanna leave
Don’t start clingin’ to me, girl, ’cause
I can’t breathe

Have a sing along to “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” by Mac Davis

What are your memories of this song? Where were you when you first heard it? 

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  1. The thing I notice about these old songs is the beautiful diction. You can understand every word. The music just accompanies the voice. I can’t understand a lot of the modern songs. The music overpowers the voices.

  2. When this song came out in 1972 I was working in another town (as per my post on the Drive In Theatre thread) I was often a partner for a very nice bloke who was also new in town and we went everywhere together when he needed a partner or I did. During this song he said, listen to this, this is me. I’ll get a phone call one day and I’ll be transferred and gone. Listen to this song and take heed. That suited me fine. A boyfriend was the last thing I needed. And guess who got hooked? It wasn’t me. This song brings me back to the great time I had with him with no ties. I wish him well every time I think of him. Popcorn is another song that reminds me of him.

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    • So very true, a truly wonderful song with great lyrics. Certainly takes one back to the good ol days of the early 70’s.Marvellous to be able to hear, decypher and understand the words of songs unlike the so called music and singing of today.

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