A Chronology of C.W. McCall-related Events

Days in the Life

August 1: Colorado becomes the 38th state of the United States of America.
Ouray Opera House opens.
November 15: William D. Fries, Jr. born in Audubon, Audubon County, Iowa.
Louis F. “Chip” Davis, Jr. is born.
Bill Fries marries Rena Jayne (the R.J. of “Black Bear Road”).
Bill Fries creates a series of television advertisements for Old Home Bread. The commercials feature a trucker, C.W. McCall, a driver for Old Home Bread. C.W.’s girlfriend, Mavis, works at the Old Home Filler-Up And Keep-On-A-Truckin' Café. Chip Davis writes the music.
August 3: “ Old Home Filler-Up An’ Keep On A-Truckin’ Café ” peaks at number 54 on the Billboard pop singles chart.
September 19: The album Black Bear Road is released.
December 6: “Convoy” enters the U.S. music charts.
January 10: “Convoy” reaches number 1 on both the Billboard pop singles and country singles charts.
June: C.W. presents President Gerald Ford and Betty “First Mama” Ford with CB radios.
July: C.W. McCall is inducted into the Walkway of Stars at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
3rd St. R&D Production Services provides sound services for the C.W. McCall tour.
Richard Melville “Moby” Hall buys his first record.
“The first record I ever bought was a 7-inch of (the truck-driving novelty song) ‘Convoy’ by C.W. McCall,” he said. “I listened to it 40 times in a row, picking up the needle, putting it back over and over.”
from The Seattle Times, Thursday, 1977 November 13.
“C.W. McCall’s San Juan Odyssey” opens at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado. It’s a multi-media slide show about the San Juan mountain range in southwest Colorado. It is narrated by Bill Fries.
December 27: People Magazine declares C.W McCall to be one of the “25 Most Intriguing People of 1976”.
January 1: The Federal Communications Commission adds channels 24 through 40 to the 27 MHz Citizens Band.
C.W. McCall retires from his singing career.
Mannheim Steamroller releases its first Christmas album.
Bill & R.J. move to Ouray, Colorado.
1985 November
Bill is elected mayor of Ouray.
1986 January
Bill is sworn into office as Mayor of Ouray.
Chip Davis calls Bill Fries with an idea: new recordings of old C.W. McCall favorites, on audio CD. The result: The Real McCall: An American Storyteller
January 13: Bill leaves the office of Mayor of Ouray, after two three-year terms.
C.W. does a telephone interview with a country DJ at KAHU AM 940, Waipahu (Honolulu) Hawai‘i. Both C.W., and Storyteller (the DJ) were happy.
September: Merry Lee Kuboske [related to “…a fella by the name a’ Kuboske…”?], the owner of the Ouray Opera House, sells it to Larry and Alice Leeper.
“C.W. McCall“s San Juan Odyssey” closes. [And I never got to see it. :( — Ed.]
October: Ed. Floden surfs the World Wide Web, looking for sites concerning C.W. McCall. He doesn’t find any.
March 15: Ed. Floden opens the World’s First C.W. McCall™ web site, C.W. McCall: An American Legend.
March: American Gramaphone reissues the 1990 album, The Real McCall: An American Storyteller. The world rejoices.
October: American Gramaphone informs us that the 1990 album, The Real McCall: An American Storyteller, will not be reordered when the current stock is depleted. The world mourns. (They have since reprinted the CD several times. Someone keeps buying them!)
November 28: The World’s Second C.W. McCall Web Site, Tales of the Four Wheel Cowboy opens for business at the Narrow Gauge Circle.
December 24: The Star asks “ Whatever Happened to C.W. McCall?”.
March 20: Ed. attends a recording session for the upcoming Mannheim Steamroller / C.W. McCall collaboration, American Spirit.
May: American Spirit is released.
May 23: “San Juan Odyssey” reopens at the Main Street Restaurant and Theatre, in Ouray, Colorado.
San Juan Odyssey” is released on DVD.
January 2: The Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Music Association announces that C.W. McCall will be inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Hame of Fame on September 5.
August 14 through 16: Bill Fries participates in the 28th Annual Great Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival, in Silverton, Colorado. Bill narrates Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” at three performances.
September 5: “Billy Dale Fries”, born in Audubon, Iowa, is inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Hame of Fame.
November 16: Bill Fries was interviewed on the SiriusXM “Freewheelin’“ program with Meredith Ochs and Chris Tsakis. [Download the interview]