1 singer and songwriter of ‘Convoy’ hit was 93 – Deadline

CW McCall, best known for his massive 1975 hit Convoy, died Friday in Ouray, Colorado at age 93 of cancer. His death was first reported by the Washington Post.

McCall, real name Bill Fries, was working in advertising when he designed the character of CW McCall for a 1973 commercial for Old Home Bread. The ad won a Clio award and spawned a new career for Fries, who took on the persona of an outlaw trucker.

McCall topped the county music charts from 1974 to 1978. In addition to his No. 1 hit with “Convoy”, which rode the CB craze of the time, 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” then spawned a 1978 film starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw and Ernest Borgnine.

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