Lonnie Melvin Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits.
Tillis' 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 won the Country Music Association Awards' most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. Additionally, he was known for his speech impediment, which did not affect his singing voice. His daughter is 1990s country hitmaker Pam Tillis.
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Birth and Death Data: Born August 8, 1932 (Tampa), Died November 19, 2017 (Ocala)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958 - 1964
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||NA 10308||7/5/1958||Falling back to you||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10309||7/5/1958||Sittin' alone||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10310||7/5/1958||I'm letting you go||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10311||7/8/1958||I'm letting you go||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10312||7/8/1958||Let forgiveness in||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10313||7/8/1958||Tupelo County jail||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10391||10/3/1958||Waiting a lifetime||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10392||10/3/1958||True love never dies||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10393||10/3/1958||I think of you||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 10394||10/3/1958||I won't be crying anymore||Webb Pierce||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||NA 12099||6/6/1962||How come your dog don't bite||Webb Pierce ; Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12100||6/6/1962||Half laughing, half crying||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12101||6/6/1962||Couldn't see the forest for the trees||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12102||6/6/1962||So soon||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12330||1/22/1963||Don't tell Mama||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12331||1/22/1963||It's no surprise||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12332||1/22/1963||Makin' the round||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12811||2/3/1964||I'm gonna act right||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12812||2/3/1964||Are we drifting apart||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12813||2/3/1964||It'll be easy||Mel Tillis||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tillis, Mel," accessed March 21, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210185.
Tillis, Mel. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 21, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210185.
"Tillis, Mel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 21 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Mel Tillis
Discogs: Mel Tillis
Allmusic: Mel Tillis
Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Tillis, Mel - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n84089518
Wikidata: Mel Tillis - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1238180
MusicBrainz: Mel Tillis - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/0d744e10-5e7e-4a5d-b89a-4bda5d8d7141
ISNI: 0000 0003 8362 657X - http://www.isni.org/isni/000000038362657X
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