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Dolly Parton Sends Prayers to ‘Critically Ill’ Mac Davis

The country music community is throwing its support behind Mac Davis, who is said to be in critical condition following heart surgery.

Davis’ official social accounts report that the singer, songwriter and actor is “critically ill” after undergoing surgery at a Nashville hospital. “Your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time,” the message continues.

The post is punctuated with the hashtag #PrayForMacDavis, which is traveling wide in country circles and beyond.

On Monday, country great Dolly Parton posted the hastag to her 4.9 million followers in support of Davis.

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Davis got his break as a songwriter in 1969 when Elvis Presley recorded his works “In the Ghetto,” “Memories” and “Don’t Cry Daddy.”

His songwriting catalog includes “Everything a Man Could Ever Need” (sung by Glen Campbell), “Something’s Burning” (a hit for Kenny Rogers & the First Edition), “Watching Scotty Grow” (Bobby Goldsboro) and “I Believe in Music” (a hit for Gallery that’s been recorded by over 50 artists).

Davis also enjoyed fame as a singer the 1960s and 1970s with his Grammy-nominated “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” “Stop and Smell the Roses” and more, and he hosted and starred in his own musical variety TV series on NBC from 1974-1976.

In 1974, Davis was named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, he received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and elevated into the national Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

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