Hall-of-Fame country DJ Bill Mack dies of COVID-19 at age 88

Hall-of-Fame country DJ Bill Mack dies of COVID-19 at age 88 Photo: MGN/WDIO

Created: August 01, 2020 09:16 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Longtime country music disc jockey Bill Mack, whose “Blue” became a hit for LeAnn Rimes and won a 1996 Grammy Award for Country Music Song of the Year, has died at age 88.

In a Facebook message, Mack's son Billy Mack Smith said his father died Friday of COVID-19 but had underlying health conditions.

Mack's “Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show” overnight program on clear channel WBAP-AM in Fort Worth kept truckers entertained for decades and earned him a place in the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.

Mack also wrote “Drinking Champagne,” a song covered by George Strait, Dean Martin and Willie Nelson.

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