Mel Tillis is celebrating his 86th birthday today. With this, let’s all remember him by saying Happy Birthday! To celebrate with him, let’s backtrack a little and listen to his top charting singles.
Mel Tillis was one of the most credible and respected country artists and songwriters in the music industry. The songs he wrote and recorded have impacted our lives. Indeed, Mel Tillis is one of the country artists worth remembering.
In the span of his career, Mel Tillis was more recognized as a songwriter. He wrote songs for other country artists. Nevertheless, he has recorded singles that topped the charts. These are the three signature songs of Mel Tillis: “I Ain’t Never,” “Good Woman Blues,” and “Coca-Cola Cowboy.”
I Ain’t Never…
Webb Pierce and Mel Tillis, himself, wrote the words and lyrics of “I Ain’t Never.” Mel Tillis recorded the song and was part of his album of the same name. The singer wrote the song but decided to credit Pierce in exchange for a pair of boots.
The song placed at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Also, it was his very first number one single on the country charts.
Good Woman Blues…
Ken McDuffie wrote the words and lyrics of “Good Woman Blues.” Mel Tillis recorded and released the song in September 1976. Also, it was part of his album “Love Revival.” The song became Mel Tillis’ second number one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Steve Dorff, Sandy Pinkard, Sam Atchley, and Bud Dain pooled resources for the words and lyrics of “Coca-Cola Cowboy.” It was released in June 1979 under the album “Mr. Entertainer.” It is one of Mel Tillis’ most successful singles of his career. In fact, it placed at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
He was born on August 8, 1932, in Tampa Florida. During his childhood, he acquired “stutter” due to malaria, but it didn’t stop him to reach his dreams. Instead, it helped him to be stronger and a braver man. Moreover, Mel Tillis learned to play the guitar and drums at the age of sixteen. Also, at that time, he won a singing competition which led him to conquer the music business.
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