In Memoriam|

William Dale Fries Jr. (November 15, 1928 – April 1, 2022), best known by his stage name C. W. McCall, was an American singer who wrote truck-themed outlaw country songs. Prior to his musical career, he worked in advertising, and won several Clio Awards. His most successful song was “Convoy”, a surprise pop-crossover hit in 1975, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He was elected mayor of Ouray, Colorado, and served in that position from 1986 – 1992.



From Wikipedia:
“Convoy” is a 1975 novelty song performed by C. W. McCall (a character co-created and voiced by Bill Fries, along with Chip Davis) that became a number-one song on both the country and pop charts in the US and is listed 98th among Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. Written by McCall and Chip Davis, the song spent six weeks at number one on the country charts and one week at number one on the pop charts. The song went to number one in Canada as well, hitting the top of the RPM Top Singles Chart on January 24, 1976. “Convoy” also peaked at number two in the UK. The song capitalized on the fad for citizens band radio. The song was the inspiration for the 1978 Sam Peckinpah film Convoy, for which McCall re-recorded the song to fit the film’s storyline.

The song received newfound popularity with its use during the 2022 Freedom Convoy, to which Fries gave his approval shortly before he died.


[Thanks to David Barber for submitting this article to us. http://www.rockoncolorado.com]

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