June 8, 1938 - December 21, 2004
Mack Vickery made his first recordings for legendary producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Sam Phillips in 1957 and later recorded for several labels, racking up some chart hits before he began to concentrate on songwriting.
Hank Williams Jr. snagged the first hit with a a Vickery tune, "I Can't Take It No Longer", in 1967 and by 1980 Mack had placed songs with a veritable "Who's Who" of artists including Waylon Jennings, Lefty Frizzel, Faron Young, Tanya Tucker, and Johnny Paycheck.
He continued penning hits in the 80's and 90's, providing smashes for John Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Lousie Mandrell, and George Strait. He earned his 3rd BMI Award for Strait's Top-5 blockbuster, "The Fireman". Vickery's writing success continued with George Strait's "Merry Christmas Wherever You Are", the title cut for his 2000 holiday release.
Strait's seasonal success in the New Millennium enabled Vickery to join Hank Williams, Harlan Howard, and Hank Cochran as the only country songwriter to write hits in five decades.
Mack Vickery was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2003.