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Mel Tillis

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Mel Tillis

American country music singer add

Category: Music

Born in 1932.

Countries: United States (82%), Missouri (7%), Tennessee (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jerry Reed, Randy Travis, Red Skelton

Linked to: Columbia Records, University of Florida, Billboard, Mercury Records

 

Timeline


 

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Mel Tillis was born in 1932 add something


1950

Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits add something

 

In the late 1950s, after becoming a hit-making songwriter, he signed his own contract with Columbia Records add something


1955

After leaving the military in 1955, Tillis worked a number of odd jobs and moved to Nashville, Tennessee , Tennessee the following year add something


1957

Tillis wrote "I'm Tired", a No. 3 country hit for Webb Pierce in 1957 add something


1958

In 1958, he had his first Top 40 hit, "The Violet and a Rose", followed by the Top 25 hit "Sawmill" add something


1959

Charlie McCoy - Following an invitation from Mel Tillis, the eighteen-year-old McCoy went to Nashville, Tennessee , Tennessee for a week's stay in 1959


1965

In the mid '60s, Tillis switched over to Kapp Records, and in 1965 he had his first Top 15 hit with "Wine" add something


1968

In 1968, Tillis achieved his first Top 10 hit with "Who's Julie" add something


1969

Things turned around in 1969 for Tillis add something


1970

In 1970, he reached the Top 5 with "Heart Over Mind", which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs list add something

 

Since his heyday in the 1970s, Tillis remained a songwriter in the 1980s, writing hits for Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis add something

 

Paul Franklin (musician) - He began his career in the 1970s as a member of Barbara Mandrell's road band; in addition he toured with Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed


1972

In 1972, Tillis achieved his first chart-topper with his version of his song "I Ain't Never" add something


1974

Clay Hart - He married Welk vocalist Sally Flynn on December 6, 1974, and the two later became a husband-and-wife country singing act that has opened for stars such as Mel Tillis, Red_Skelton, and Juliet Prowse

 

Sally Flynn - On December 6, 1974, she married Clay Hart, a country singer who was on the Welk show from 1969 to 1975, and shortly afterwards she and Clay started singing together professionally; often as opening acts for performers such as Red Skelton, Juliet Prowse and Mel Tillis


1976

It started with a pair of two No. 1 hits in 1976, "Good Woman Blues" and "Heart Healer" add something

 

Tillis achieved his biggest success with MCA Records, with whom he signed in 1976 add something


1978

Also in 1978, Mel co-hosted a short-lived variety series on ABC television, "Mel and Susan Together" with model Susan Anton add something

 

He achieved another No. 1 in 1978 with "I Believe In You" and again in 1979 with "Coca-Cola Cowboy", which was put in the Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way but Loose", in which he made a cameo appearance add something

 

Susan Anton - In 1978, ABC gave her and country singer Mel Tillis a summertime variety series, "Mel and Susan Together", produced by the Osmond Brothers


1979

After signing with Elektra in mid 1979, he continued to make hit songs such as "Blind In Love" and "Lying Time Again", both hits in 1979 add something

 

In 1979 he acquired radio station KIXZ in Amarillo, Texas, from Sammons-Ruff Associates, which converted from Top 40 to country music and became a force in the Panhandle region add something

 

In mid 1979, Tillis switched to another record company, this time with Elektra Records add something


1980

Tillis appeared as the television commercial spokesman for the fast-food restaurant chain Whataburger during the 1980s add something


1981

Up until 1981, Tillis remained on top his game as one of country music's most successful vocalists of the era add something

 

Billy Strange - He arranged the 1981 Sinatra and Mel Tillis album, "Mel & Nancy"


1982

He remained with Elektra until 1982 before switching back to MCA for a brief period in 1983 add something


1984

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 add something


1986

Russ Barenberg - In 1986 Barenberg moved to Nashville, where he has played often with Jerry Douglas and Maura O'Connell, and done much work as a session musician with Béla Fleck, Hazel Dickens, Mel Tillis, and Randy Travis, among others


1990

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" add something


1991

He briefly signed with RCA Records as well as Mercury Records and later Curb Records in 1991 add something


1998

In 1998, he teamed up with Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Jerry Reed to form The Old Dogs add something

 

In July 1998 "Old Dogs Volumes 1 and 2" were released on the Atlantic Records label add something

 

Waylon Jennings - In 1998, Jennings teamed up with Bare, Jerry Reed and Mel Tillis to form The Old Dogs


2002

He built a theater in Branson, Missouri, where he performed on a regular basis until 2002 add something


2007

The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis on June 9, 2007 add something


2008

Trent Willmon - In early 2008, he made his acting debut in the film "Palo Pinto Gold", a cowboy film starring Roy Clark and Mel Tillis


 

On February 13, 2012 President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts For his contributions to country music add something


2016

Tillis had been unwell since January 2016 with various illnesses add something


2017

On November 19, 2017, Tillis died of respiratory failure in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85 add something

 

Pam Tillis - Her father, Mel Tillis died on November 19, 2017


2019

On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Mel Tillis among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something