Lonnie Melvin "Mel" Tillis (August 8, 1932 - November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. 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.
Mel Tillis left MGM for MCA in 1976, and Welcome to Mel Tillis Country was his last original album for MGM. The album feels like it was cobbled together to fulfill a contractual obligation, but Tillis had hit his stride at this point and could do no wrong. The re-recordings of his Kapp hit "Heart Over Mind" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (which wasn't a hit for Tillis, although he wrote and recorded it in the '60s) are pleasant enough, but Tillis' take on the Johnny Cash rockabilly classic "Rock and Roll Ruby" is pretty exciting.
Country music icon Mel Tillis has died at age 85. He passed away early Sunday morning in Ocala, Florida, after a lengthy battle with intestinal issues and suspected respiratory failure, according to a statement from his publicist. Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis on Aug. 8, 1932, in Tampa, Tillis went on to become a prolific artist and a Country Music Hall of Famer
Mel Tillis (born August 8, 1932, Dover, Tampa, Florida, USA - died November 19, 2017, Ocala, Florida, USA) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and violinist.
Welcome to Mel Tillis Country. Release date: October 1976. Release date: September 21, 2010. Label: Show Dog-Universal Music. Mel Tillis On Stage at the Birmingham Municipal Auditorium. Release date: February 1973. 34. Mel Tillis and the Statesiders Live.
Country music star Mel Tillis clowns with Michael Wylie on Aug. 26, 1972 during a practice session for the Middle Tennessee Diabetes Association's Bike-a-Thon in Centennial Park Sept. 29. Michael is the son of Mrs. Frank Wylie III, MTDA executive director. Mel Tillis, left, presents Ronnie Milsap, center, his Album of the Year honor for "A Legend in My Time" at the nationally televised CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House Oct. 13, 1975. Helping Milsap on stage is his wife, Joyce, right.