County music legend Bill Mack dies at age 91


Bill Mack died at the age of 91 after a battle with COVID-19, according to his son Bill Mack III.

“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,” Mack III tweeted Wednesday morning. “I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well.”

Mack is known for his time on the radio as well as his songwriting prowess. He won a Grammy in 1997 for the song Blue, which was performed by LeAnn Rimes.

Mack also wrote Drinking Champagne which was turned into a hit by both Cal Smith and George Strait.

As a radio host, Mack got his start with The Country Roads Show, which later became Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show. Mack eventually had his Country Crossroads radio show, which he began hosting in 1969, syndicated to 800 stations. The show was also adapted as a television show on FamilyNet in 1993.

In 1999, Bill Mack was inducted into the The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Texas Country Music Disk Jockey Hall of Fame.