Mel Tillis
Country music singer and musician
Mel Tillis
Lonnie Melvin "Mel" Tillis is an American country music singer. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits. Tillis's biggest hits include "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy". On February 13, 2012 President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts For his contributions to country music.
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Mel Tillis hospitalized following colon surgery
Fox News - about 1 year
Country music star Mel Tillis is “very ill” according to fellow musicians The Oak Ridge Boys. 
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Even Scalpers Are Staying Away
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NORMAN, Okla. -- A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public. Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Garth Brooks are among the star-studded lineup planned for the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Other performers include Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, and Carrie Underwood, who will perform via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. While so many big names might normally make the show a boon for ticket scalpers and the secondary ticket market, some concert promoters say that doesn't seem to be the case for Saturday's show. "What I've heard from the industry ... is that it would be taboo on this particular event," said Brad White, an independent concert p ...
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Toby Keith's July 6 twister relief show expands lineup
USA Today - almost 4 years
Sammy Hagar, Mel Tillis and John Anderson joion the country-centric bill
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Curb Records Celebrates 50 Years
GAC - Great American Country - over 4 years
Curb Records, founded in 1963 by Mike Curb (while he was a student at California State University), is celebrating 50 years in the music business. Born with American ingenuity, Curb Records’ independent spirit lives on. In celebration, Curb Records is announcing its 50 albums over 50 years feature on iTunes today.  To see it click here: http://bit.ly/Curb50 Throughout the early years, Curb scored success with artists as diverse as the Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Ronstadt), the Osmond Family, (including Donny & Marie), Lou Rawls, Exile, the Righteous Brothers, Solomon Burke, Debby Boone, and Roy Orbison. In 1969, Curb merged his young label with MGM Records and became the President of MGM. Under his reign, he boosted MGM’s war chests with a litany of hits, some of which he produced.  His signings brought a new emphasis on Nashville-based artists including Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Hank Williams Jr., Don Gibson, Mel Tillis, Ray Stevens, and Eddy Arnold. During the s ...
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Downtown Hoedown Poster Design Contest!
Brighton Patch - almost 5 years
99.5 WYCD AND COCA-COLA TO HOLD POSTER DESIGN CONTEST FOR WYCD DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN With its new venue and all-star lineup locked into place, the 30th Annual WYCD Downtown Hoedown, to be held June 8-10, 2012, on the grounds of Detroit’s Comerica Park, is now looking for the best commemorative poster design.  And you could be the artist! Who: You! What: 99.5 WYCD and Coca-Cola’s 30th Anniversary Downtown Hoedown Poster Contest When: Wednesday, May23 – Friday, June 1, 2012, at 12 Noon EST Where: Submit poster design entries by mail or in person to WYCD, 2201Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI  48220 (Monday – Friday, 8:30A-5:30P).  Direct questions to Maureen at 248.546.9600.  Fine print: ·        All entries must be received by Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12 Noon EST ·        All entries must have name, address, city, state, zip, date of birth, phone number and email address on the back of the submission ·        All entries must be 20” wide x 24” tall (vertical format) ...
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Alan Jackson to Debut Songs from New Album on the Grand Ole Opry
GAC - Great American Country - almost 5 years
Alan Jackson photo courtesy Schmidt Relations. Alan Jackson will use his performance on the Grand Ole Opry on May 8 to give a sneak peek of songs from his new album, Thirty Miles West, set to be released on June 5. This will be his first project to be released through a new partnership between ACR (Alan’s Country Records) and EMI Records Nashville. During a 30-minute set, Alan will perform some of his greatest hits along with the new material. Alan’s portion of the show will be taped for a later airing on GAC’s Noteworthy at the Opry. Other artists scheduled to play the Opry on May 8 include Little Big Town, Thompson Square and Chris Young. The Opry has several other highlight performances scheduled throughout the month. On May 10th’s Opry Country Classics show hosted by Larry Gatlin, Loretta Lynn and Mel Tillis will perform. On May 12, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery and more will take the stage. Ricky Skaggs will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a member of t ...
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Bob Moses: A Revelation: Hiss Golden Messenger's Poor Moon -- Interview and Tracks
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
You might encounter Jesus here and there. Invoked from the pulpit or Facebook. In pro forma political pieties. Credited or blamed for events big and small. You probably didn't encounter him in a roughneck Motel 6 as you were poised to fall into hell. He didn't shoot you in the head. That shocking, illuminating redemption scene is just one revelation in the most richly rewarding music to arrive recently. Poor Moon (Tompkins Square), the latest recording by Hiss Golden Messenger, presents a struggle for attachment to spirit, to family, to meaning in an indifferent wilderness of temptation. The work of MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch, also longtime partners in The Court and Spark, Poor Moon embraces no dogma, thematically or musically. While deeply personal and deeply informed by Biblical allusion, Taylor's lyrics often evoke places and feelings older than words; "Call Him Daylight" conjures a deity who could have walked straight out of the Rig Veda. And while the tones of tr ...
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Mel Tillis Awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama
GAC - Great American Country - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-192859" href="/mel+tillis+1">Mel Tillis</a> received the National Medal of Arts on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Photo courtesy of Absolute Publicity, Inc. <a class="fplink fp-192859" href="/mel+tillis+1">Mel Tillis</a> has received the National Medal of Arts, presented to him Feb. 13 by President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Also honored were actor Al Pacino, artist Will Barnett, author Rita Dove, curator, collector and arts patron Emily Rauth Pulitzer, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist André Watts, and the United Service Organization. “I’ve had a blessed career, and that has been acknowledged in many ways over the years,” Mel said. “I was pleasantly surprised when I got the call because I didn’t know there were anymore awards left to win. I’m very thankful and what an honor!” The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. It is awarded by the President of the ...
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PRESIDENT OBAMA, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS HONOR USO WITH NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS
The Cypress Times - about 5 years
President Barack Obama and the National Endowment of the Arts announced Friday that the USO will be presented the National Medal of Arts for its 71 years of providing excellence in entertainment to America’s service members and their families, becoming the only military charity to receive the honor in the medal’s 28-year history. The medals will be presented in a ceremony at the White House on Monday afternoon and are bestowed annually in several different artistic disciplines with an organizational category, as well. The other recipients for 2012 include: Will Barnet (painter); Rita Dove (poet/author); Al Pacino (actor/director); Emily Rauh Pulitzer (curator/art collector/philanthropist); Martin Puryear (sculptor); Mel Tillis (singer); Andre Watts (pianist/teacher).
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Attendance up at state fair - Omaha World-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
In 2010, reduced admissions for Older Nebraskans Day and a free concert by Mel Tillis drew a Tuesday crowd of 22335. Without a similar draw this year, the crowd totaled 18195. This year&#39;s Older Nebraskans Day, being held today , features two free
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Country music legend Jeff Cook entertains crowd in Guntersville - Sand Mountain Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
The free concert included performances from Lisa Cook and Friends, special guest and country music legend Mel Tillis, and three-time CMA Entertainer of the year Jeff Cook with the Allstar Goodtime Band. Cook, who celebrated his 62nd birthday Saturday,
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Steve Smith: Meat Loaf wants to die onstage - Pasadena Star-News
Google News - over 5 years
Among its other early inductees are Autry&#39;s cohort Smiley Burnette, Bill Monroe, Tex Ritter, Sons of the Pioneers leader Bob Nolan, Jimmy Wakely, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, Lefty Frizzell, Roger Miller, Mel Tillis and Marty Robbins
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Weekend Round-Up: Back to School Style - Nashville Scene
Google News - over 5 years
Sky Hi Super T. and the Tyrone Smith Revue at 3rd &amp; Lindsley * Music City BBQ Festival feat. The Marshall Tucker Band at Riverfront Park * Grand Ole Opry feat. Joe Diffie, Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis, Gene Watson, Kip Moore &amp; more at Grand Ole Opry House
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Tillis and Morgan to share songs and stories - Topeka Capital Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Both George Morgan, who died in 1975 of a heart attack, and the 79-year-old Mel Tillis are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. The daddies&#39; little girls followed their fathers onto that famed stage, with Pam Tillis making
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Here comes the Fair - Steuben Courier
Google News - over 5 years
The daughter of the legendary country artist, Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis is known for her individuality and range. “I&#39;ve sung rock, pop, R&amp;B, and jazz, so I&#39;m hardly a purist,” she said recently. “And I just seriously felt called by that old different
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On this date - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Singer Mel Tillis is 79. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 74. Actress Connie Stevens is 73. Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 50. Tennis player Roger Federer is 30. The sun sets 8:08 pm today, rises 6:05 am Tuesday. The moon rises 5:15 pm Tuesday
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mel Tillis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 79
    Tillis's biggest hits include "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy". On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music.
    More Details Hide Details He also has won the CMA Awards' most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. He is also known for his speech impediment, which does not affect his singing voice. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.
  • 2007
    Age 74
    The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis on June 9, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He was inducted into the Opry by his daughter Pam. Along with being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, it was announced on August 7 that year that Tillis, along with Ralph Emery and Vince Gill, is the latest to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tillis has six children: songwriter Mel "Sonny" Tillis, Jr., singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Tillis, and Hannah Tillis. Mel has one brother, Richard, and two sisters, Linda and Imogene.
  • 1998
    Age 65
    In 1998, he teamed up with Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, and Jerry Reed to form The Old Dogs.
    More Details Hide Details The group recorded a double album of songs penned entirely by Shel Silverstein. In July 1998, Old Dogs Volumes 1 and 2 were released on the Atlantic Records label. A companion video, as well as a Greatest Hits album (composed of previously released material by each individual artist), were also available. In the 1990s, Tillis's daughter, Pam Tillis, became a successful country music singer in her own right, having hits like "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Shake the Sugar Tree."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 58
    He briefly signed with RCA Records, as well as Mercury Records, and later Curb Records in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details By this time, his chart success had faded. Since his heyday in the 1970s, Tillis remained a songwriter in the 1980s, writing hits for Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis. He also wrote his autobiography called Stutterin' Boy. (The title comes from Tillis's speech impediment.) Tillis appeared as the television commercial spokesman for the fast-food restaurant chain Whataburger during the 1980s. He also built a theater in Branson, Missouri, where he performed on a regular basis until 2002.
  • 1984
    Age 51
    That summer, he scored a Top 10 hit with "In The Middle Of The Night" and had his last Top 10 hit with "New Patches" in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details By this time, however, Tillis had built up a financial empire thanks to investing in music publishing companies such as Sawgrass and Cedarwood. He also appeared in movies, including Love Revival, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), The Villain (1979), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980),The Cannonball Run (1981), and Uphill All the Way (1986), a comedy western in which he starred with fellow country singer Roy Clark, among others. In 1979, he acquired radio station KIXZ (AM) in Amarillo, Texas, from Sammons-Ruff Associates, which converted from Top 40 to country music and became a force in the Panhandle region. A short time later, Tillis acquired Amarillo, Texas, Rock FM station KYTX, which changed calls to KMML (a play on Tillis's stutter). Still later he operated WMML in Mobile, Alabama. All of his stations were sold after a time for a healthy return.
  • FORTIES
  • 1982
    Age 49
    He remained with Elektra until 1982 before switching back to MCA for a brief period in 1983.
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  • 1981
    Age 48
    Until 1981, Tillis remained on top of his game as one of country music's most successful vocalists of the era. "Your Body Is an Outlaw" went to No. 3 in 1980, followed by another Top 10 hit, "Steppin' Out." "Southern Rains" in 1981 was his last No. 1 hit.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he released an album of duets with Nancy Sinatra which spawned two hit singles, the Top 30 hit "Texas Cowboy Night" and the double A-side, "Play Me or Trade Me/Where Would I Be."
  • 1979
    Age 46
    After signing with Elektra, he continued to make hit songs such as "Blind In Love" and "Lying Time Again," both hits in 1979.
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    In mid-1979, Tillis switched to another record company, Elektra Records.
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  • 1978
    Age 45
    He achieved another No. 1 in 1978 with "I Believe In You" and then again in 1979 with "Coca-Cola Cowboy," which was put in the Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way but Loose, in which he also made a cameo appearance.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 1978, Mel co-hosted a short-lived variety series on ABC television, Mel and Susan Together with model Susan Anton. Other hits around this time included "Send Me Down to Tucson," "Ain't No California," and "I Got the Hoss."
  • 1976
    Age 43
    It started with a pair of two No. 1 hits in 1976, "Good Woman Blues" and "Heart Healer". (In an interview, he mentioned having written five hits in one week.) Thanks to this success, in 1976 Tillis won the CMA Awards's most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year, and was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that year.
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    Tillis achieved his biggest success with MCA Records, with which he signed in 1976.
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  • 1974
    Age 41
    After the success of "I Ain't Never," Tillis had another hit, which came close to No. 1 (reaching No. 3), entitled "Neon Rose," followed by "Sawmill," which reached No. 2. "Midnight, Me and the Blues" was another near chart-topper in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Other hits Tillis had on MGM include "Stomp Them Grapes" (1974), "Memory Maker" (1974), "Woman in the Back of My Mind" (1975), and his version of "Mental Revenge" (1976).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 39
    In 1972, Tillis achieved his first chart-topper with his version of his song "I Ain't Never."
    More Details Hide Details Even though the song was previously a hit by Webb Pierce, Tillis's version is the better-known version of the two. Most of the above-mentioned song hits were recorded on MGM Records, Tillis's record company in the early part of the decade.
  • 1970
    Age 37
    In 1970, he reached the Top 5 with "Heart Over Mind," which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs list.
    More Details Hide Details After this, Tillis's career as a country singer went into full swing. Hits soon came quite easily, such as "Heaven Everyday" (1970), "Commercial Affection" (1970), "Arms of a Fool" (1970), "Take My Hand" (a duet with Sherry Bryce in 1971), and "Brand New Mister Me" (1971).
  • 1969
    Age 36
    Things turned around in 1969 for Tillis.
    More Details Hide Details He finally achieved the success he always wanted with two Top 10 country hits, "These Lonely Hands of Mine" and "She'll Be Hanging Around Somewhere."
  • 1968
    Age 35
    He also wrote the hit "Mental Revenge" for Outlaw superstar Waylon Jennings. (It has also been covered by the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, Barbara Mandrell, and Jamey Johnson.) In 1968, Tillis achieved his first Top 10 hit with "Who's Julie."
    More Details Hide Details He also was a regular featured singer on The Porter Wagoner Show.
  • 1965
    Age 32
    In the mid-1960s, Tillis switched over to Kapp Records, and in 1965, he had his first Top 15 hit with "Wine."
    More Details Hide Details Other hits continued to follow, such as "Stateside" and "Life Turned Her That Way" (which was later covered by Ricky Van Shelton in 1988, going to No. 1). He wrote for Charley Pride ("The Snakes Crawl At Night") and wrote a big hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition called "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 25
    In 1958, he had his first Top 40 hit, "The Violet and a Rose," followed by the Top 25 hit "Sawmill."
    More Details Hide Details Although Tillis charted on his own Billboards Hot Country Songs list, he had more success as a songwriter. He continued to be Webb Pierce's songwriter. He wrote the hits "I Ain't Never" (Tillis's own future hit) and "Crazy, Wild Desire." Bobby Bare, Tom Jones ("Detroit City"), Wanda Jackson, and Stonewall Jackson also covered his songs. Tillis continued to record on his own. Some well-known songs from his Columbia years include "The Brooklyn Bridge," "Loco Weed," and "Walk on, Boy." However, he did not achieve major success on the country charts on his own.
  • 1957
    Age 24
    Tillis wrote "I'm Tired," a No. 3 country hit for Webb Pierce in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Other Tillis hits include "Honky Tonk Song" and "Tupelo County Jail." Ray Price and Brenda Lee also charted hits with Tillis's material around this time. In the late 1950s, after becoming a hit-making songwriter, he signed his own contract with Columbia Records.
  • 1955
    Age 22
    After leaving the Air Force in 1955, Tillis returned to Florida where he worked a number of odd jobs, eventually finding employment with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Tampa, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details He used his railroad pass to visit Nashville and eventually met and auditioned for Wesley Rose of famed Nashville publishing house Acuff-Rose Music. Rose encouraged Tillis to return to Florida and continue honing his songwriting skills. Tillis eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and began writing songs full-time.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Tillis was born in Plant City, Florida but later raised in Pahokee, Florida (near West Palm Beach) in 1932.
    More Details Hide Details His stutter developed during his childhood, a result of a bout with malaria. As a child, Tillis learned the drums as well as guitar and at age 16, won a local talent show. He attended the University of Florida but dropped out and joined the United States Air Force. While stationed in Okinawa, he formed a band called The Westerners, which played at local nightclubs.
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