Entertainment Music Country C.W. McCall, Country Singer Famous for 'Convoy', Dead at 93 Bill Fries' son Bill Fries III said the country singer died on Friday due to cancer By Shafiq Najib Published on April 2, 2022 06:42PM EDT Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Bill Fries, who was best known by his stage name C.W McCall, has reportedly died in Colorado due to cancer. He was 93. His son Bill Fries III announced the death of his father, who had been in hospice care, on Friday. The Washington Post was the first to report the news. The '70s chart-topping country singer was famous for hits like "Convoy," "Wolf Creek Pass," and "Old Home Filler-Up an' Keep on a-Truckin' Cafe," to name a few. Jeff Carson, Country Singer Who Served His Community 'Bravely' as a Police Officer, Dead at 58 McCall was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Audubon, Iowa, as William Dake Fries Jr. Prior to his acclaimed music career, McCall worked as a creative director for an advertising agency in Nebraska. There, he created a Television campaign advertising Old Home Bread for the Metz Baking Company, which earned him a Clio Award. His stage name was inspired by the character of an outlaw truck driver featured in the commercial. Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. McCall went on to become a successful musician with classic country tunes such as "Classified," "There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'n' Roll)," and "Roses for Mama," in addition to his No. 1 hit and signature song, "Convoy." After the single sold an estimated 7 million copies and was certified gold by the RIAA, a movie titled Convoy was later made based on the song in 1978 starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, and Ernest Borgnine. The song, notably featured in Grand Theft Auto V, was also ranked No. 98 by Rolling Stone on its 100 Greatest Country Songs list. Susan Lucci's Husband Helmut Huber Dead at 84: 'A Tremendous Loss'Susan Lucci's Husband Helmut Huber Dead at 84: 'A Tremendous Loss' In 1986, McCall ventured into politics. He successfully ran for Mayor of Ouray, Colorado, a title he held for six years. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rena Bonnema Fries; three children, Bill Fries III, Mark Fries, and Nancy Fries; as well as a sister, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson.