C.W. McCall, greatest identified for his large 1975 hit Convoy, died Friday in Ouray, Colo. at age 93 from most cancers. His demise was first reported by the Washington Post.
McCall, actual identify Bill Fries, was working in advetising when he devised the character of C.W. McCall for a 1973 promoting spot for Old Home Bread. The advert received a Clio award, and it spawned a brand new profession for Fries, who took on the persona of an outlaw trucker.
McCall dominated the county music charts from 1974 to 1978. In addition to his (*93*). 1 hit with “Convoy,” which rode the CB craze of the period, he charted with “Old Home Filler-Up an’ Keep On-a-Truckin’ Cafe,” “Wolf Creek Pass,” “Classified,” “There Won’t Be No Country Music (There Won’t Be No Rock ‘n’ Roll)” and “Roses for Mama.”
“Convoy” went on to spawn a 1978 movie starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw, and Ernest Borgnine.