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Blake Shelton Mourns Mel Tillis: 'I Will Miss Him Terribly'

Mel Tillis performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert benefiting victims of the May tornadoes at Gaylord Family- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman Okla. Saturday Country music legend dead: Mel Tillis dies at 85 following health battle
Wallace Pearson | 20 Ноября, 2017, 02:19

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, known for songs such as "I Ain't Never" and "Coca-Cola Cowboy", died early Sunday aged 85, his publicist confirmed. The suspected cause of death was respiratory failure. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers ("Ruby, Don't You Take Your Love To Town"), George Strait ("Thoughts Of A Fool"), and Ricky Skaggs ("Honey, Open That Door").

His other No. 1 hits were "I Ain't Never" in 1972, "Good Woman Blues" in 1976, "Heart Healer" in 1976, "I Believe in You" in 1978.

From Tim McGraw, "Man, one of the coolest guys in country music ever and an extraordinary songwriter!"

Tillis was a familiar screen presence in the '70s and '80s, with small roles in films including "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings", "The Villain", "Every Which Way But Loose", "Smokey and the Bandit II", and both "Cannonball Run" movies.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

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His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis. "It's been a long, hard road". He developed a speech impediment after a childhood bout of malaria, the Tennessean reported.

Musical from an early age, he started performing in the early 1950s with a group called The Westerners, while stationed in Okinawa and serving as a baker in the Air Force. Feeling down one day he began singing to himself, "Oh Lord, I'm exhausted". He turned his lament into "I'm exhausted", which became a hit for Webb Pierce.

Tillis appeared on several television shows, including "Hee Haw" and "Hollywood Squares".

"I couldn't get out the word 'halt, '" he said.

The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.

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