Musicians React to Mel Tillis' Death

Mel Tillis

Country Music Hall of Famer, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry member Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning, The Tennessean reports.

Tillis passed away on 19 November 2017 in Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida.

His commercial peak came in the 1970s when he had a string of top 10 hits, including "Good Woman Blues", "Heart Healer" and "Coca Cola Cowboy".

Tillis was a prolific singer-songwriter who penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades.

His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Fla. on August 8, 1932.

Billed solo or with his band, the Statesiders, Tillis had six No. 1 country singles, including "Coca-Cola Cowboy", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie, "Every Which Way but Loose".




Tributes from fellow country music stars poured in on social media, with musician and "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton describing Tillis' death as "a truly devastating loss".

Tillis was raised in Pahokee, Florida, and developed his stutter as a child while being treated for malaria. "There will never be another Mel Tillis!".

Tillis moved to Nashville from Plant City, Florida after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a baker.

The heroic American joined the US Air Force to serve in the Korean War and was stationed in Okinawa, where he served the country by cooking and singing on Armed Forces Radio.

"I was so bashful and scared", he said in 2002 of his hesitancy about speaking in public, "and she said, 'If they laugh they'll be laughing with you, not against you'". He was also recognized by President Barack Obama in 2012, receiving the National Medal of Arts for his country music contributions.

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