“Convoy” singer CW McCall has died at the age of 93.
He had been battling cancer and was in hospital care at his home in Colorado when he died on Friday, April 1.
The death was confirmed by his son Bill Fries III, reports The Washington Post.
McCall rose to fame as a country music star with songs about riding 18-wheelers and big rigs, including the 1976 number a hit “convoy”.
His real name was Bill Fries and he was an advertising executive turned singer.
He created the character of CW McCall, a truck driver in a series of commercials for a Midwestern bread company.
The goal wasn’t to create an alter ego, but to sell bread with catchy, country-sounding jingles.
McCall embraced this personality and began recording music via long-distance trucks, even establishing his own CB funk lingo which truckers picked up and still use today.
He was known in the ’70s for his hit country records: Old Home Filler-Up and Keep On-a-Truckin’ Cafe, Wolf Creek Pass, and most famous of all Convoy. became a #1 pop and country hit in 1976.
The novelty hit “Convoy” was a spoken-word storytelling genre that topped the country and pop charts. according to Rolling Stone.
Not only did it sell over 2 million copies, but it inspired a 1978 film of the same name starring Kris Kristofferson.
McCall is survived by his 70-year-old wife, Rena Bonnema Fries.
The couple have three children, Bill, Mark and Nancy.
The couple also has four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson to the taste of the country.
This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/02/convoy-singer-c-w-mccall-dead-at-93-after-cancer-battle-son-says/ “Convoy” singer CW McCall has died at the age of 93 after suffering from cancer, his son says