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Mel Tillis

  • Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
  • Birthday: August 08
Date of passing: 
November 19, 2017

Obituary

Obituary: 

Mel Tillis, born Lonnie Melvin Tillis, was a country music singer and songwriter best known for his hits including "Good Woman Blues," ''Coca Cola Cowboy" and "Southern Rain." Although he had recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success came in the 1970s.

Among the hits he wrote for others were "Detroit City" for Bobby Bare; "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," by Rogers and the First Edition; and "Thoughts of a Fool" for George Strait.

He also appeared on numerous television shows as a performer and personality, including roles on episodes of Love American Style, Nashville 99, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Love Boat, as well as appearances on The Dean Martin Show, Dolly, Donahue, The Merv Griffin Show, The Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry.

Mel Tillis, born Lonnie Melvin Tillis, was a country music singer and songwriter best known for his hits including "Good Woman Blues," ''Coca Cola Cowboy" and "Southern Rain." Although he had recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success came in the 1970s.

Among the hits he wrote for others were "Detroit City" for Bobby Bare; "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," by Rogers and the First Edition; and "Thoughts of a Fool" for George Strait.

He also appeared on numerous television shows as a performer and personality, including roles on episodes of Love American Style, Nashville 99, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Love Boat, as well as appearances on The Dean Martin Show, Dolly, Donahue, The Merv Griffin Show, The Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry.

Additionally, he had roles in the films Smokey and the Bandit II, The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II and The Villain.

Tillis died November 19, 2017, in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

 

 

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Mel Tillis

Mel Tillis

Photo credit: 
AP Photo/Peter Kramer

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