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Mel Tillis Edit Profile

entertainer , songwriter

Mel Tillis, American entertainer, songwriter. Named Comedian of Year, Country Music Association, 1971, 1973-1977, Entertainer of Year, 1976, Songwriter of Decade, Broadast Music, Inc., 1999; named to Grand Ole Opry, 2007, Country Music Hall of Fame, 2007; recipient Golden Voice Entertainer award, 2001, Golden R.O.P.E. Songwriter award, 2001, Special Citation of Achievement, Broadcast Music, Inc., 2001.

Background

Tillis, Mel was born on August 8, 1932 in Tampa, Florida, United States.

Education

Student, University Florida.

Career

Founder Sawgrass Music, Sabal Music, Tillis Tunes, Sweet Tater Tunes, Nashville. Owner, president Mel Tillis Theater, Branson, Missouri, 1993—2002.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Songwriter, Cedarwood Music, Nashville, 20 years, (Named Entertainer of Year, Country Music Association 1976), composer over 600 songs recorded by Webb Pierce, Ray Price, Carl Smith, Brenda Lee, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Pride, Burl Ives, George Strait, others. (with The Statesiders) 60 albums including. Mel Tillis and the Statesiders on Stage, Best of Mel Tillis, Love Revival, Welcome to Country, California Road, 1985, American Originals, 1990, Greatest Hits, 1991, Beyond the Sunset, 1993, Great, 1994, The Memory Maker, 1995 Branson City Limits, 1999.

      Co-host (television series) Mel & Susan Together, 1978, actor (films) W.W. & the Dancekings, 1975, The Villain, 1979, Smokey & the Bandit II, 1980, Cannonball Run, 1981, Cannonball Run II, 1984, Uphill All the Way, 1986, (television films) Skinflint: A Country Christas Carol, 1979, The Stockers, 1981, Bandit Goes Country, 1994. Author: Stuttering Boy, 1986.

Membership

Served in United States Air Force, 1951-1955.

Connections

Children: Pam, Connie, Cindy, Melvin Junior, Carrie, Hannah.

Child:
Pam Tillis

Child:
Connie Tillis

Child:
Cindy Tillis

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Melvin Junior Tillis

Child:
Carrie Tillis

Child:
Hannah Tillis