10-4: An Iowa Born One Hit Wonder Artist Has Died
There have been a lot of terrific one-hit wonders over the years. While most artists set out to have a massive catalog of hits that will ensure their place in music history, and soldout venues for decades, some artists just simply don't get to that status.
That said, isn't one hit better than no hits? I'd say so and, you can ride that success for the rest of your life. That's exactly what Iowa-born William Dale Fries Jr. did. He had one massive hit in his lifetime. Sadly, he's died.
Don't recognize the name William Dale Fries Jr.? You likely know him better by his stage name C. W. McCall.
C. W. McCall was known for his song Convoy which came out in 1975 during the CB radio craze. People reports that the song sold an estimated 7-million copies, enough to get it certified gold by the RIAA. Convoy was ranked number 98 by Rolling Stone on its 100 Greatest Country Songs list in 2014.
The song was such a massive hit, a film based on the track was released in 1978. It starred Hollywood A-listers Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, and Ernest Borgnine.
The song was also featured in the smash-hit video game Grand Theft Auto V.
Despite only having one major hit, McCall had a big enough body of work to earn a greatest hits album. Other songs attached to his credits include "Classified," "There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'n' Roll)," and "Roses for Mama".
C.W. McCall was born in Audubon, Iowa in 1928. Despite being an Iowa native, he moved to Colorado. In the 1980's he got into politics, and in 1986, he was elected mayor of Ouray, Colorado. He held the position for six years.
McCall passed away due to complications of cancer, according to the Taste of Country.