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C.W. McCall

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C.W. McCall is the pseudonym of William Dale Fries (born November 15, 1928 in Audubon, Iowa, USA).

McCall is best known for the 1975 #1 hit song “Convoy”, which came at the peak of the citizens band radio fad in the United States. Far from a one-hit wonder, McCall continued to chart with songs such as “Wolf Creek Pass”, which hit #40 on the U.S. pop top 40 in 1975, and at least two other songs hit Billboard’s pop Hot 100, including “Old Home Filler-Up an’ Keep on a-Truckin’ Cafe”, as well as the environmentally-oriented “There Won’t Be No Country Music (There Won’t Be No Rock ‘n’ Roll)”. A dozen McCall songs hit Billboard’s country singles chart, including the sentimental “Roses For Mama” (1977).

In 1978, the movie Convoy was released, based on the C.W. McCall song and starring Kris Kristofferson.

In addition to the “original six” McCall albums released between 1975 and 1979, two rare singles exist. “Kidnap America” was a politically/socially-conscious track, while “Pine Tar Wars” referred to an event that actually happened in a New York Yankees-Kansas City Royals baseball game in 1983.

In 1982, McCall was elected mayor of the town of Ouray, Colorado, ultimately serving three terms.

In 1990, American Gramaphone Records issued a CD containing a number of old McCall tracks re-recorded for the digital CD age, plus a new song, “Comin’ Back For More”, which was inspired by Alferd Packer, an alleged cannibal from the 19th century.

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  • ddddbbbb

    CONVOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kln01us

    Ahhh , My theme music LOL

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Richex

    Big Congestion at the Grapevine........Nice Sound

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • wildtony40

    great days.....

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • brainsmasher

    bring yer billfold

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Octane89

    Comin' back for more.

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • acebsc

    There Won't Be No Country Music there won't be no more rock n roll. excellent tune of the times

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • chazman

    them hogs is startin' to close up my sinuses, you better back off another 10

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • thecirc

    Convoy. Great song, awesome movie. :)

    9 Jun 2009 Reply
  • barcr465

    There is nothing like 18 grinding gears, love this song.

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • NigelFM

    10-4 Duck

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • kayla69

    :)

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bandit706

    Put The Peddle To The Mettle

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Ganimi

    Convoyyyy

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Richex

    Love this mans voice...He should have gotten better known..Country..Truckers syncopation...LISTEN!

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Dgold

    From the time I got my first little-kid Fisher Price record player (1975-78 or so), C. W. McCall has been one of the best story-song-writers. From McCall to the best story-songs and honest tunes of today, still listening to this guy's stories.

    13 Jan 2008 Reply
  • VGB

    This guys writes the best road trip songs ever.

    25 Feb 2007 Reply
  • Chiveh

    convoy rules. brillaint song

    28 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    ten, ten... me gone, bye

    22 Dec 2006 Reply
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