Tillis dies at 85

Emmett Rice
November 20, 2017

A representative for Tillis' daughter Pam Tillis, also a country singer-songwriter, wrote on her Facebook page that his death was "sudden and unexpected".

Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis in Tampa, Florida, he suffered a spell of malaria as a boy that left him with a chronic stutter, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In February 2012 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts - the highest honor given to artists by the United States government - by President Barack Obama.

Nashville, Tenn. (November 19, 2017) - Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend Mel Tillis passed away early this morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. His stutter became a trademark that Tillis mined for laughs, although it disappeared when he sang. According to his website, his career launched in 1956 when Webb Pierce recorded a song written by Tillis.

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Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, known for songs such as "I Ain't Never" and "Coca-Cola Cowboy", died early Sunday aged 85, his publicist confirmed.

Through the late '50s and '60s, Tillis balanced his career as a then-minor hitmaker in his own right with bigger songwriting successes for other artists, including Kenny Rogers and the First Edition's "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" and Bobby Bare's "Detroit City".

He also dabbled in acting, appearing in such feature films as Clint Eastwood's "Every Which Way But Loose", and the Burt Reynolds movies "Cannonball Run I and II" and "Smokey and the Bandit II".

"Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis", Shelton wrote on Twitter. "There will never be another Mel Tillis". "You always felt good about being around him".

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