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Mel Tillis
Tillis at the Grand Ole Opry, 2007
Background information
Birth name Lonnie Melvin Tillis
Born August 8, 1932 (1932-08-08) (age 87)
Dover, Florida, United States
Origin Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Country
Outlaw country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1958–present
Labels Columbia Records
Kapp Records
MGM Records
MCA Records
Elektra Records
Radio Records
Associated acts Pam Tillis, Nancy Sinatra, Roger Miller, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Bill Anderson, Old Dogs, Dude Mowrey
Website http://www.meltillis.com/

Lonnie Melvin "Mel" Tillis (born August 8, 1932) is 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".

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 is also known for his speech impediment, which does not affect his singing voice. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.


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