Friday, October 19, 2012

"It's Hard to Be Humble" by Mac Davis

Song#:  0094
Date:  03/22/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  43
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Pop, Country, Novelty



Pop Bits:  Mac Davis has had a wide ranging career beginning as a songwriter and moving on into his own recordings, his own TV variety show, acting in movies, and even a stint on Broadway. Most of this all happened in the 70s when he had his two Top 10 hits - the #1 "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" and the #9 "Stop and Smell the Roses." As the 80s began, he switched labels to Casablanca and his first single release was this novelty song. It made a minor impression on the pop chart, but it became his first Top 10 country hit. Even though he had not put a song in the country Top 10 prior to this, he still won the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award in 1974.

ReduxReview:  Man, I dunno. I remember hearing this back in the day and it would annoy the crap out of me because my dad would go around singing the chorus when he heard it. As a novelty tune it is clever and I think it is probably something good to see/hear in a live setting - just like how it was originally recorded. But it's not something I really care to hear again. In concert I'm sure it is a fun sing-along; as something that would rotate in my iTunes? Nah. I'll pass. In my humble opinion...

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  Most folks my age probably remember him for his own music, TV shows and films. However, as noted above he started out as a songwriter first and Elvis Presley recorded several of Davis' song including "In the Ghetto" (#3), "Don't Cry Daddy" (#6), "Memories" (#35), and "A Little Less Conversation" (#69 in 1968 and #50 in 2002 via a remix version). He has also written hits for Kenny Rogers & the First Edition ("Something's Burning"), Bobby Goldboro ("Watching Scotty Grow") and Dolly Parton ("White Limozeen").

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