Texas-born country music radio host Bill Mack dies from COVID-19

Texas-born country music radio host Bill Mack dies from COVID-19

Bill Mack’s son announced the death Friday morning on social media. He said his father had underlying health conditions.

DALLAS — 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. 

His son stated that Bill Mack had underlying health 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,” his son said in a tweet. 

Mack, who was born in Shamrock, Texas, was also well-known in the country music industry as a singer and songwriter. 

He wrote the song Drinking Champagne which was released in 1968 and was sang by fellow Texan George Strait. 

According to the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Association, Strait’s recording of the song won Bill a Platinum Album after he sold one million copies.  

Then in 1997 when Mack’s song called Blue, which was covered by LeAnn Rimes won a Grammy when it was voted, “The Country Song Of The Year in 1996.” 

Throughout his career, Mack was closely associated with truckers and millions of listeners through his radio programs recorded out of Dallas-Fort Worth beginning in 1969. 

In 1999, he was placed in “The Texas Country Music Hall-of-Fame” and “The Texas Country Music Disk Jockey Hall-of-Fame,” according to THSA. 

Friday morning several members took to social media to pay tribute to Mack.

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