Bill Fries Passed Away – ”Breaker Breaker 19” Co Singer has died

Bill Fries, an advertising executive better known by his stage name C.W. McCall, who had hit country records about long-haul truck driving during the peak of the citizens’ band radio craze in the 1970s and whose song “Convoy” inspired an action film directed by Sam Peckinpah, died on April 1 at his home in Ouray, Colo. He was 93 years old when he died.

According to washingtonpost.com Bill Fries III, his son verified his death. Mr. Fries disclosed in February that he was undergoing cancer treatment in a hospice facility.

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Mr. Fries (pronounced “freeze”) took the identity of C.W. McCall, a truck driver in a series of advertisements for a Midwestern bread manufacturer, and produced numerous funny, freewheeling songs about rebellious long-haul truckers as he alter ego.

Bill Fries, an advertising executive better known by his stage name C.W. McCall, who had hit country records about long-haul truck driving during the peak of the citizens’ band radio craze in the 1970s and whose song “Convoy” inspired an action film directed by Sam Peckinpah, died April 1 at his home in Ouray, Colo. He had died at the age of 93 years.

Bill Fries III, Bill’s son, confirmed his death. In February, Mr. Fries disclosed that he was undergoing cancer treatment in a hospice facility.

Mr. Fries (pronounced “freeze”) took the name C.W. McCall as his alter persona after developing the character of a rogue long-haul truck driver in a series of ads for a Midwestern bread company. An obituary is not available

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