Lonnie Melvin "Mel" Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. He recorded songs since the late 1950s. His biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits. His biggest hits include "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy".
|Birth name||Lonnie Melvin Tillis|
|Born||August 8, 1932|
Dover, Florida, United States
|Origin||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Died||November 19, 2017 (aged 85)|
Ocala, Florida, United States
Awards and recognitionsEdit
On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music. He also has won the CMA Awards' most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. He was also known for his stutter, which does not affect his singing voice. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.
- Official website
- Mel Tillis at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Archived 2010-04-14 at the Wayback Machine