Texas Radio's ‘Midnight Cowboy,' Country Songwriter Bill Mack Dies of COVID-19, Family Says - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Jul 31, 2020 1 min, 47 secs
Longtime North Texas radio DJ and award-winning country music songwriter Bill Mack has died of COVID-19, according to his son, Billy Mack Jr.

I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well," said Mack's son, Billy Mack Jr.

said the family had taken every precaution against the disease and hoped to be able to visit his father again soon -- never realizing that when the saw him in March it would be the last time they would be face to face.

said, adding that the memory care facility where his father lived was fantastic and treated his father like family.

said his father's lasting legacy will be that of a great father, a great friend and that of someone who tried to share stories about music and movies to his family of listeners.

Current host Eric Harley said on Twitter that he was, "Deeply saddened by the passing of long-time friend and former radio partner Bill Mack.

“When you see Bill Mack, in the background there’s the Texas flag, there’s Big Tex at the great State Fair of Texas and all those other iconic symbols that go along with Texas,” said Harley during an interview with NBC 5.

working with,” said Harley.

Mack's country music songs were recorded by more than five dozen artists culminating in 1996 with a Grammy award for Best Country Song and Song of the Year awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Radio Music Awards for the song Blue.

Mack was named to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and is an inductee in the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association

As for his radio career, Mack was enshrined in the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame in 1982

“I’m pretty sure if you looked up ‘country music’ in the dictionary you’ll see Bill Mack’s picture,” said Pam Minick, of Billy Bob’s. He’s really a walking encyclopedia

And gosh Bill Mack, you are country music and you will be missed.”

Harley said he’s lost family members to COVID-19 and is saddened they cannot come together for Mack

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