Musicians React to Mel Tillis' Death

Country music legend dead: Mel Tillis dies at 85 following health battle

The singer-songwriter had written over 60 albums through his career, having over 10 top 10 singles throughout his career.

The late Mel Tillis, who passed away early Sunday morning (Nov. 19), had an indelible effect on country music - and one modern country star in particular.

In 2007, Tillis' daughter Pam, who is also a country singer, inducted her father into the prestigious Grand Ole Opry.

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In a press release from Absolute Publicity, Tillis' publicist Don Murry Grubbs confirmed that Tillis died at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida after battling an intestinal issue since 2016.

The country music legend suffered from malaria as a child, which left him with a stutter.

Tillis was born in Tampa on August 8, 1932, according to his biography on the Country Music Hall of Fame website. Not only did Tillis not try to hide the condition, he trumpeted it with good humor and made it enough of a trademark that he eventually titled his memoir "Stutterin' Boy".

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His first big hit as a songwriter was "I'm exhausted", which was recorded that same year by Webb Pierce, who went on to record several more of Tillis's compositions.

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

Tillis was also an actor, and appeared in several feature films.

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Among the many honors bestowed on Tillis, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Medal of Arts in 2012. All told, his catalogue contains an estimated 1,000 songs, 600 of which were recorded by other artists. "There will never be another Mel Tillis".

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