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Ouray’s Former Country Singing Mayor

Dec 11, 2017 | News, Uncategorized

cbAmong the many charms of Ouray, Colorado is its unique history and its slight quirks. For this history lesson, we’re going to shed some light on William Dale Fries, Jr., a singer and political figure who is perhaps best known by his C. W. McCall stage name.

C. W. McCall emerged onto the music scene in 1976 after scoring a number one hit with “Convoy” from his sophomore album Black Bear Road. The song was a novelty country song he wrote celebrating the then emerging rise and popularity of CB radio. The song would go on to sell millions of copies and despite being a novelty tune, it still managed to crack the list of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, coming in at number 98. Two years later, a film inspired by and named after the song was released.

McCall released six additional albums, his most recent being the Manheim Steamroller collaboration American Spirit in 2003. None of his albums have managed to capture the success of Black Bear Road.

Now you may be wondering how William Dale Fries, Jr. is tied to Ouray. Here’s a fun fact for you: in 1986 he began a six year stint as the mayor of Ouray!

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