Vince Gill Pays Tribute to the Legendary Mac Davis with a Cover of Elvis’ “In the Ghetto”

Just one legend honoring another at the Grand Ole Opry.

The country world lost songwriter Mac Davis on September 29, a legendary songwriter who penned tunes for names like Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers.

The tributes rolled in from the biggest names in country music, recognizing the impact that Mac Davis had on songwriting and the country music world as a whole.

And last week, Vince Gill took to the Opry stage to pay his own tribute to Davis with one of Davis’ best-known songs recorded by another legend: Elvis Presley.

A song about the struggles of breaking the cycle of inner-city poverty, Davis originally pitched “In the Ghetto” to Sammy Davis, Jr. It ultimately became a huge hit for Elvis as part of his 1969 comeback album From Elvis in Memphis. The song has since been covered by everybody from Dolly Parton to Marilyn Manson and Three Six Mafia – a testament to the poignancy of the words that Davis wrote so many years ago.

A great tribute from one legend to another.

RIP Mac.

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