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Country Music Legend of the Week, Mel Tillis [VIDEOS]

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Country music legend, Mel Tillis, started performing in the early ‘50’s with a group called The Westerners while serving as a baker in the United States Air Force, stationed in Okinawa.

Awards: In 1976, Mel Tillis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters International Hall of Fame, and that same year, he was named Country Music Association’s (CMA) Entertainer of the Year. Also, for six years in the 70’s, Mel Tillis won Comedian of the Year.

On September 21, 1999, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named Mel Tillis the Songwriter of the Decade for two decades.

Mel was the recipient of the Golden Voice Entertainer Award for 2001. He also won the 2001 Golden R.O.P.E. Songwriter Award

The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis as its newest member on June 9, 2007.

In October of 2007, Mel Tillis became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.


In 1956, Webb Pierce recorded a song written by Mel entitled “I’m Tired”, and it launched Mel’s musical career.

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“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” Kenny Rogers
Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town was a huge hit for Kenny Rogers, but it was written by Country Music Hall Of Fame Superstar MEL TILLIS. Here Mel perfroms “RUBY” and “DETROIT CITY” live at a show in Branson MO.

“Detroit City” Bobby Bare

“Emotions” Brenda Lee


“I Ain’t Never” Webb Pierce

“Burning Memories” Ray Price

“Thoughts of a Fool” George Strait

“Honey (Open That Door)” Ricky Skaggs

An amazing songwriter and performer. In light of the movie “The King’s Speech”, it’s interesting to hear Porter talk about Mel’s speech impediment. Mel named his autobiography “Stutterin’ Boy”.

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