Trucking Radio Icon and Country Music Legend Passes Away From COVID-19 Complications
Dallas, TX – Trucking radio icon and country music legend, Bill Mack, has passed away at age 88 from complications arising from COVID-19.
According to Mack’s son, Billy, his father passed away in the early morning hours on Friday.
Billy made the sad announcement on social media, writing: “I’m deeply saddened to tell you that my Dad passed away early this morning due to COVID-19 with underlying conditions. He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband to my mom. I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well.”
I’m deeply saddened to tell you that my Dad passed away early this morning due to COVID-19 with underlying conditions. He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband to my mom. I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Bub4Q2C02n
— Billy Mack (@BillyMackRadio) July 31, 2020
He was born June 4, 1932 in Shamrock, TX.
Mack enjoyed an impressive radio hosting career spanning more than four decades and was a true friend to truckers.
He started his radio career in 1969 on WBAP out of Dallas-Ft. Worth hosting the “Country Roads Show.”
The show was later renamed the “Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show.”
He is best known by truckers as the “Midnight Cowboy.”
That show still continues on Red Eye Radio, though it has since been renamed.
One time radio partner and current co-host of the Red Eye Radio show, Eric Harley, took to Twitter on Friday morning after learning of the news to express his condolences.
Deeply saddened by the passing of long-time friend and former radio partner Bill Mack. A legend. In 1969, he founded the all night show on @WBAP247NEWS that eventually became Red Eye Radio. My love & prayers are with Cindy,Billy and family. Rest in peace, brother. #MidnightCowboy pic.twitter.com/PF611jbGvd
— Eric Harley (@ericharley) July 31, 2020
Mack eventually retired from radio in 2011.
Country Music Legend
Mack was also a successful singer/songwriter as more than five dozen artists recorded his music over his career.
He scored hits for such notable country music performers as Cal Smith, George Strait, and Willie Nelson.
His biggest hit came in 1996 when 13-year-old Leann Rimes recorded “Blue” and it quickly shot to number one.
In fact, “Blue” earned Mack a Grammy award for Best Country Song that year.
He also won Song of the Year awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Radio Music Awards.
Mack was named to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.