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Mel Tillis

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 8th, 1932 (Tampa;Dover), Died November 19th, 2017 (Ocala)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958 - 1964

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tillis, Mel," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210185.

Tillis, Mel. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210185.

"Tillis, Mel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210185

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