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C.W. McCall

Essentially a character created by advertising executive William Fries, C.W. McCall was the instrumental figure behind the truck-driving craze that swept America in the mid-'70s. Fries was born November 15, 1928, in Audubon, IA, and while he displayed musical promise as a child, he was more interested in graphic design. While attending the University of Iowa, Fries studied music and played in the school's concert band, but his major was in fine arts, and after graduation he began handling the art chores at an Omaha, NE, television station. After five years there, he was hosting his own program, on which he drew caricatures of celebrities.

Fries signed on as the art director for an Omaha advertising agency in the early '60s, and it was there that he created the character C.W. McCall as a selling tool for an area bakery. A trucker for the fictional Old Home Bread company who spent much of his time in a diner called The Old Home Filler-Up-an'-Keep-On-a-Truckin' Cafe, the McCall character was a huge hit with viewers, and the radio campaign won Fries the advertising industry's prestigious Clio Award. In 1974, Fries decided to cut a record under the McCall moniker, and the single, a monologue with country backing titled after the aforementioned cafe, was a Top 20 hit. A follow-up, "Wolf Creek Pass," was even more successful.

In 1975, McCall released the album Black Bear Road; the single "Convoy" hit number one on both the pop and country charts, and a national craze was born. The song proved so successful that it influenced the famed filmmaker Sam Peckinpah to direct the 1978 film Convoy, starring Kris Kristofferson. By the time of the film's release, however, McCall's career was largely over. He released two more LPs, 1975's Wolf Creek Pass and 1977's Roses for Mama, which did spawn a major hit in its title track. But shortly after the latter album's release, McCall turned his back on the music industry to focus on the burgeoning environmental movement and moved to the small town of Ouray, CO, of which he was elected mayor in 1982. An attempt at a comeback in 1990 proved unsuccessful. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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andrew.conne r 6 9
I wonder how many drivers today know what bingo stickers are?
Loved listening to CW, Red Sovine, Jerry Reid, along with all the other greats I have no room to fit them all.
Both stacks blowing black as coal.
Kicking the cat, popping pills, ah walking the dog, keeping the left door shut.
I Love songs that are like stories like this one
Heard it on gta 5
im only 16 but i love the older music i loce cw and johnny and elvis and several others i grew up listening to older music with my mother and father dad loves the older music so i listened to alot growing up
Love this song
C.W McCall has amazing songs
This is awesome I'm 15 and I'm a country freak my ole mans a trucker and we would roll the interstate to this music and this just brings so many good memory's back.
You can never beat this music ever even when your 19 in this century
he seems to allude to the Old-Home-Fil l e r - U p - A n d - K e e p - O n - A - T r u c k i n ' Cafe a lot.
it gets better every time I listen.
this is definitely worth listening to
Built like a burlap bag full of bobcats she's got it together!!
this makes me happy
Love classified
C.W. McCall does have fun songs especially Convoy
C.W McCall had plenty of fun songs to listen to, I am afraid that today if an artist came out with songs similar in nature that too many people would freak out and say that the lyrics were offensive. This is because our nation is increasing in number of sensitive individuals who love to find seek out and yell foul whenever the wind blows from a different direction. C.W McCall had a knack of creating and singing songs of enjoyment, we need to see more of this in the music industry.
ricefamily91 1
Living the beach life for 20 yrs. . Still loving the country music . KSON fm plays PC country . They should play more C.W. J.R. J.H. W. N. ALABAMA TO NAME some great music .
Great memories of family road trips and a case full of 8-tracks.... :)
I drive a big rig so I'm a true fan of all trucking songs!
Love four wheel drive and convoy!
In 1976 I was at a Union 76 truckstop in Wildwood,Fl. in the truckers section when a DJ named Charlie Douglas from WWL radio New Orleans came over,and asked me,and some other drivers what our C.B.Handlesw e r e , a n d how long we had one.Well,I told him my handle was M.D,and I got my first CB in May of 1973.All the drivers knew this DJ.He had an all-night radio show just for truckers.Wel l next thing we knew,in comes Barbara Mandrell,Joh n n y Watson,and some guy called C.W.McCall whom I had never heard o
Ya Buddy, A lot of you DO NOT KNOW This. C.W.McCall made Cassette Tapes for the State of CO. You would get them at the Scales,You would listen to them when you was Going Up & Over, & then DOWN and thats whare that FREE Tape Came in Handy, Tell you ,M.P.H. togo down Mnt. and How Much P.S.I. to applie to Brakes to get Off hill safe and without Burning the brake shoe off and Not taken a Run Away Ramp.$$$$ that Hurt..( Silver) Rides again.!! !10 - 4, TRUCK-EM UP..
My parents knew him. I have a picture of him with my folks and newborn me right after he was elected mayor of Ouray.
mwhitmi you may not like it but dont imply its bad
makes me want to be a trucker when i grow up! very cool!
idahoinspect o r
i love it brings back long lost memorios with my dad
hblee67
'Classified' is one of my favorite songs, I still laugh when I hear it...and I have a 57 Chevy half-ton about like the one in the song. My brother and I both drove trucks in the 70s and CW was one of our favorite artists.
nick_bowlin
A true classic. They do not have fun songs like this on the radio now days.
drbobaamd
This song got me into a truck hauling produce in 1975. i retired 2yrs ago. my eyes still tear up when i hear it. the wife knows!!! THANX C.W....
I grew up in the jump seat of my Dad's Pete - I love hearing this song, makes me feel 10 years old again!!
Mr. McCall shared an ability to tell a story and teach you things about history, and life, while entertaining you in ways that last for years.
This is a Great and not to mention, Hilarious, song! I miss him. Wish he d play in Vegas! Love ya C.W.
I find this song hilarious. its totally great.
mwhitmi
ugh....this is soooo commercial it is sick.

I just heard the convoy song...so maybe others are actually good?
mamalizz6
We play this at the start of every family road-trip.
brilliant
A great album even if it was made on false pretences. Not a bad song on the whole disk. I orderd mine from Hastings for under $5. Well worth hours of good 'ol music!
I am a trucker and love to listen to his albums on the road. truly amzing
From a former trucker who lived this life, what am artist, a real artist who got the attitude of not only truckers of his time but truckers of all time. Roses for mama will still bring a tear to this mans eyes. William Fries is a country legend and if he hasn't recieved a CMA he should.
r.t.weaver
I love this guy ,but I just read his Bio. Wow he wasn't a trucker how sad :( .Great story teller though ! Now JERRY REED thats the real mccoy!
he was under rated, and was an country Icon, both comedy and looking to the future of our eco-exhistan c e with our own mother earth.
a must have album !!
really love his work

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