Elko Concerts Presents
21 West Otterman Street
Greensburg, PA, 15601
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Facts about . . . Mel Tillis
Country music legend, Mel Tillis, started performing in the early ‘50’s with a group called The Westerners while serving as a baker in the United States Air Force, stationed in Okinawa. In 1956, Webb Pierce recorded a song written by Mel entitled “I’m Tired”, and it launched Mel’s musical career.
Awards: In 1976, Mel Tillis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters International Hall of Fame, and that same year, he was named Country Music Association’s (CMA) Entertainer of the Year. Also, for six years in the 70’s, Mel Tillis won Comedian of the Year.
On September 21, 1999, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named Mel Tillis the Songwriter of the Decade for two decades.
Mel was the recipient of the Golden Voice Entertainer Award for 2001. He also won the 2001 Golden R.O.P.E. Songwriter Award, and more recently received the 2004 Golden R.O.P.E. Entertainer of the Year Award.
June 9, 2007 – Mel Tillis was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry The ultimate happened on October 28, 2007 –
Mel Tillis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Tillis’ home state of Florida honored him on March 25, 2009 - inducting him into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame.
2010 - The Academy of Country Music chose Mel to receive the
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
2012 - Mel received National Medal of Arts from the President of the U.S.
Songwriting: Mel has written well over 1,000 songs, and approximately 600 have been recorded by major artists. The following is a list of a few of those songs and artists:
￼￼“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” “Detroit City”
“I Ain’t Never”
“Burning Memories” “Thoughts of a Fool” “Honey (Open That Door)”
Kenny Rogers Bobby Bare Brenda Lee Webb Pierce Ray Price George Strait Ricky Skaggs
In June 2001, Mel received a Special Citation of Achievement from BMI for 3 Million broadcast performances of “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”. Songs which have reached this coveted status are in a very select group of world-wide favorites.
Singer/Entertainer: Mel has recorded more than 60 albums. He has had thirty-six Top Ten singles, with nine of them going to Number One - “Good Woman Blues,” “Coca Cola Cowboy,” and “Southern Rain” to mention a few.
In 1993, he recorded his first gospel album. This album is entitled “Beyond the Sunset”. It brought him an Album of the Year award.
One of Mel’s most fun recordings is the “Old Dogs” album with Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, and Jerry Reed. It was released in July of 1998, and received a nomination for the 1999 Vocal Event of the Year by the Country Music Association.
2008 brought out “Snowflake”, Mel’s first-ever Christmas album.
Newest Release (2010): “You Ain’t Gonna Believe This” the long-awaited comedy album. Released on Show Dog - Universal Music label.
Mel Tillis has been in the music/entertainment business now for more than 50 years. He and his band, the Statesiders, have worked concerts all over the United States, Canada, England, and around the world, and continue to do so.
He has appeared on such television shows as 20/20, The Tonight Show, The 700 Club, Prime Time Country, 60 Minutes, Crook & Chase, David Letterman, and he has served as host for Music City News Awards and Music City Tonight.
Acting: Mel has appeared in numerous feature films including “Every Which Way But Loose” with Clint Eastwood, “W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings,” “Cannonball Run I and II,” “Smokey and the Bandit II with Burt Reynolds, and the lead role with Roy Clark in “Uphill All The Way.” His most recent role was that of a plumber in Toby Keith’s 2008 movie “Beer For My Horses.”
He has starred in several television movies as well including “Murder in Music City” and “A Country Christmas Carol.”
Mel Tillis has also been the spokesman for and done numerous commercials over his career for companies such as Badcock Furniture, Fina Oil Co., Whataburger, and numerous others.
Mel’s Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, fishing, painting, and watching University of Florida ball games.
One of Mel’s hobbies – painting – has turned into a charitable event. 1000 limited edition signed and numbered prints of his painting “Masonic America” are being sold with all profits going to the Scottish Rite Foundation, which benefits speech and hearing clinics all over this great nation.
Mel was the 1998 spokesman and honorary chairman for the Stuttering Foundation of America. www.stutteringhelp.org
Mel was raised to a 33 Mason at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., in 1998. Then, on October 11, 1999, Mel was honored with the Grand Cross.