Country Music News


C.W. McCall, who was best known for his massive 1975 hit “Convoy,” has died after a battle with cancer. According to tasteofcountry, McCall died on Friday at his home in Ouray, Colo. He was 93 years old.

C.W. McCall’s real name was Bill Fries and he was an advertising executive in the early 1970s. He came up with the character C.W. from an advertising campaign. He went on to record songs about truckers’ lives and most had a humorous slant.

“Convoy,” reached No. 1 in January of 1976. Recorded at the height of the CB radio craze, the song even inspired a major motion picture in 1978 that starred Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw, and Ernest Borgnine.