Bill Mack, a country music radio legend and Grammy-award winning songwriter, has died of COVID-19 at age 88, according to a statement posted online on Jul. 31, 2020 by his son.
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
Mack got his first break deejaying at KWFT in the early 1950s, which led to a contract with Imperial Records in 1951.
In 1969, he joined Fort Worth’s WBAP. From there, his all-night radio show the Midnight Cowboy attracted devoted listeners across the country.
He wrote the song “Drinking Champagne,” recorded by George Strait. But perhaps his best-known hit was “Blue,” recorded by LeAnn Rimes in 1997, almost 40 years after Mack wrote it.
That song won him the Grammy in 1997. The East Texas Masters reported.
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Chris Jacobs wrote
What in tarnation, covid is a hoax……seriously though, this is sad and condolences to the family. Another reason to maybe take it a little more seriously and wear a mask, it could be a family member next time.
Linda Mullins wrote
Prayers for sweet Cindy and Bill Jr.. Bill was an amazing man, song writer, radio talk show host. Rest in peace.
Alva Hudson wrote
My favorite line of his: Moving along with all the grace and charm of a wet wool sock.
Kathleen Rawley wrote
SO SAD TO HEAR PRAYERS FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES
Sherrill Fletcher Brock wrote
I doubt it is Covid. There sure are alot of famous people dying of Covid all of a sudden. Sorry for his passing. Prayers to his family.
Carol Freed Newton wrote
I am in the metroplex right now and heard on the radio that it was complications from corona. Not just that. Very respectable radio station reporting. I loved hearing him as a young adult and pray for peace for the family.
Connie Case wrote
I listened to him in my younger days. Prayers for the family
Connie Rose Brown wrote
Great person he did something for me and my kids at the worst time. I will never forget this man. Prayers for his family. I know he is with the Lord
David Lazarus wrote
What a voice. Listened nearly all my young age growing up in the metroplex. Man I hope President Trump wasn’t close by or he would be blamed for another.
Barbara Keefe wrote
Rip… for all the non believers about this virus WAKEUP before it’s to late for one of your loved ones…
He wrote some wonderful songs.
Anita Hall wrote
It seems that if anyone dies that has Covid-10-19 dies, regardless of the fact that they might have a heart problem or other medical problems that could have caused the death.
Alvie Antcliff wrote
Barbara Keefe and as usual YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED… The guy has been in a long term memory care facility for Dimentia. He didn’t die OF Covid, he died of Dimentia WITH Covid. WHY DON’T YOU WAKE UP .. SMH.. PITIFUL