By The Associated Press on July 31, 2020.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Longtime country music disc jockey Bill Mack, whose â€œBlueâ€ became a hit for LeAnn Rimes and won a 1996 Grammy Award for Country Music Song of the Year, died Friday at age 88, his son said.
In a Facebook message, Mackâ€™s son Billy Mack Smith said his father died Friday of COVID-19 but had underlying health conditions.
Mackâ€™s â€œMidnight Cowboy Trucking Showâ€ 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 later hosted programs on satellite radio and the syndicated “Country Crossroads. He also wrote â€œDrinking Champagne,â€ a song covered by George Strait, Dean Martin and Willie Nelson.
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