One of the few fictional artists with a real number one hit under their big, tacky brass-buckled belt. Originally created for a 1973 bread commercial tv spot by William "Bill" Dale Fries, Jr., McCall was first played by actor Jim Finlayson, and the ad won a Clio award.
The success of the ad encouraged Fries to record and release a number of albums under the pseudonym of McCall:
- Wolf Creek Pass, January 1975
- Black Bear Road, September 1975
- Wilderness, 1976
- Rubber Duck, 1976
- Roses for Mama, 1977
- C. W. McCall & Co., 1979
- The Real McCall: An American Storyteller, 1990
- American Spirit (with Mannheim Steamroller), May 20, 2003
Weirdly, his novelty C&W songwriting partner was Chip Davis, later of real smooth jazz/fusion group Mannheim Steamroller(?!).
The song "Convoy" from Black Bear Road was released in November 1975 and went to #1 by January 31, 1976. In 1978, the movie Convoy was released, based on the song.