Happy 80th Birthday Mel Tillis
One of the names that dominated country music in the 1970s was Mel Tillis, and today he celebrates his 80th birthday. The unusual aspect of Mel Tillis is that he has a speech impediment when speaking, but sings flawlessly.
Here’s a brief bio of Mel Tillis according to Wikipedia:
Lonnie Melvin Tillis (born August 8, 1932), known professionally as Mel Tillis, is an American country music singer. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits.
Tillis’s 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 has won the CMA Awards’ most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.”
We’ll feature Mel Tillis as one of today’s artists on our “Country Classic Double” at 11:30 a.m.