Thunder in the Afternoon is the ninth album by Mac Davis, released in 1977.
Morris Mac Davis (born January 21, 1942) is a country music singer, songwriter, and actor, originally from Lubbock, Texas. His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced the hits "Memories", "In the Ghetto", "Don't Cry Daddy", and "A Little Less Conversation". A subsequent solo career in the 1970s produced hits such as "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me". He also starred in his own variety show, a Broadway musical, and various films and TV shows.
Davis became famous as a songwriter and got his start as an employee of Nancy Sinatra's company, Boots Enterprises. Davis was with Boots for several years in the late 1960s. During his time there, he played on many of Sinatra's recordings, and she worked him into her stage shows. Boots Enterprises also acted as Davis's publishing company. Davis left Boots Enterprises in 1970 to sign with Columbia Records.
One of the songs he wrote in 1968, called "A Little Less Conversation", was recorded by Elvis Presley (and would become a posthumous success for Presley years later). Presley recorded "In the Ghetto" in sessions in Memphis. According to record producer Jimmy Bowen, "Ghetto" was originally pitched to Sammy Davis, Jr. but Mac Davis, guitar in hand, played the song in a studio, with onlookers such as Jesse Jackson and other members of the black activist community. Mac Davis, the only white man in the room at the time, eventually told Bowen, "I don't know whether to thank ya, or to kill ya." Mac Davis eventually recorded the tune after Presley's version became a success.
"I Believe in Music", often considered to be Davis's signature song, was recorded by several artists (including Marian Love, B.J. Thomas, Louis Jordan, Perry Como, Helen Reddy, and Davis himself) before it finally became a success in 1972 for the group Gallery. Later, he also became known as a country singer. During the 1970s, many of his songs "crossed over", successfully scoring on both the country and popular music charts, including "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" (a number one Grammy-nominated success), "One Hell of a Woman" (pop no. 11), and "Stop and Smell the Roses" (a no. 9 pop hit).
Mac's second wife was Sarah Barg, then 16 years old and living in his apartment building with her mother. They were married in 1971. "We talked about having a family, but I was waiting for her to grow up," he says. She left him in 1976 for Glen Campbell. In 1980, Davis started to date a 22-year-old nurse, Lise Gerard. In 1982, she became his third (and current) wife.
He made his feature film debut opposite Nick Nolte in the football film, North Dallas Forty (1979) and was listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1979" by Screen World magazine. In 1983, he appeared in The Sting II, as Jake Hooker, a younger relative of Johnny Hooker, who was played by Robert Redford in The Sting.
Davis played Will Rogers in the Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies.
On January 19, 1985, Davis performed "God Bless the USA" at the 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.
Between 1999 and 2006, Davis provided the character voices of Sheriff Buford (two episodes) and a talk radio host named "Sports Jock" (three episodes), on the animated series King of the Hill.
Davis served as the balladeer for the 2000 television film The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood, replacing Don Williams, who had served the part in 1997's The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, and Waylon Jennings, who narrated the original Dukes of Hazzard television show.
Davis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and was awarded a star symbol on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.