Country Music Bill Mack Biography Bill Mack Wiki
Texas-born country music icon Bill Mack has died aged 91 after battling COVID-19. Mack had three children, Misty Dawn, Billy Mack III and Sunday Renee, with his wife Cynthia. Mack had another daughter, Debbie, from a previous relationship. Mack was from Shamrock, Texas. There is a Bill Mack Street in his hometown.
Country music radio host Bill Mack died Friday morning from COVID-19, according to post on Facebook shared by son. Mack was 88 years old. https://t.co/OKO58EHEmT
— WFAA (@wfaa) July 31, 2020
Bill Mack Family
Mack’s son, Bill Mack III, posted the sad news on Twitter on the morning of July 31. Mack III tweeted: “I am deeply sad to tell you that my father passed away this morning from COVID-19 with underlying conditions. He was a great father, grandfather, great grandfather and my mother’s husband. I am blessed, not just had an awesome dad, but also my best friend. ”
Bill Mack Career
Perhaps Mack’s most famous song was “Blue”, recorded by LeAnn Rimes and receiving a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1996. Mack originally wrote and recorded the song in 1958.
Mack’s song “Drinking Champagne” was recorded by Cal Smith and George Strait. In 1999, Mack was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2014, Mack was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Association. A reference to Mack on the club’s website refers to him from his various nicknames, including: “Mr. DJ USA ”and“ Texas’ Number One Country DJ ”. The biography adds that Mack is a member of the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in Nashville.
In addition to his writing, Mack was known for his various country music radio programs that broadcast from Fort Worth, Texas, where he was based. Mack’s first hiatus came in the early 1950s when, according to a profile on Last.fm, he hosted the Big Six Jamboree in Wichita Falls, Texas.
A profile on Mack at Overdrive Online begins with the words, “No one on radio has a more recognizable voice than Bill Mack, the top ten presenter of the Overdrive Countdown.”
Mack was the host of the Country Roads Show and later the Country Crossroads and Overdrive Top Ten Countdown. Mack’s son, Billy Mack III, hosts his own show on 92.1 Hank FM in Fort Worth, Texas. Mack resigned from his role at Sirius XM in 2011.
Mack’s Facebook page
According to Mack’s Facebook page, he studied at West Texas A&M University.
Mack published an autobiography in 2004 titled Memories of Bill Mack in the Broadcasting Trenches. An earlier biography, Spins and Needles, was published in 1970 and is now out of print.
Mack was struck by tragedy in 2016 when his great-granddaughter Keira Adkison was the sole survivor of a terrible car crash in Grand Prairie, Texas. The accident killed Adkison’s mother as well as the grandparents of the small child. Mack was quoted at the time by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as saying, “Little Keira is just beginning in life and now she’s starting without her mom and those grandparents. … and the people in the truck are fine but i think of everything the truckers who call and tell me how worried they are about something happening on the street.