Gene Watson Mourns Passing of Bill Mack: Friday 31 July 2020

Bill Mack

On Friday 31 July 2020, it was announced that Bill Mack, an acclaimed songwriter, singer and American country music radio personality, who was best known as the host of ‘The Country Roads Show’ (later ‘U.S. 1 Trucking Show’, and later still, ‘Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show’), the overnight country music show on WBAP, a clear channel station in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bill Mack‘s show catered primarily to truck drivers who traveled during the late-night hours.  Its opening theme music was an instrumental rendition of ‘Orange Blossom Special’, which was performed by Felix Slatkin and his orchestra.

Bill Mack was 88 years old.

Gene Watson and Bill Mack in 1974

Gene Watson and Bill Mack in 1974

Personal Note from Gene Watson

‘Just heard the very sad news that one of the greats in country music, Bill Mack, has passed.

Bill was 88 years old and a wonderful friend.

You know him from his many years at WBAP radio in Ft. Worth, as well as SiriusXM, his syndicated radio show ‘Country Crossroads’ and more.

He wrote some huge hits, including LeAnn Rimes’ Grammy winning ‘Blue’ (No.10, 1996) and ‘Drinking Champagne’ that was a hit for Cal Smith (Thursday 7 April 1932 – Thursday 10 October 2013) (No.35, 1968), and later for George Strait (No.4 in October 1990).

Such a tremendous talent, but more than that, he was a very special friend.

Wishing him peace now, and our condolences to his family’

Bill Mack (Saturday 4 June 1932 – Friday 31 July 2020)

‚ÄĘ Gene Watson on Facebook