Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dies at 85

Country Singer Mel Tillis Dies

Country music singer Mel Tillis, died on Sunday. He was 85.

According to his publicist, Mel Tillis passed away at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla.

The music legend is believed to have died from respiratory failure after he never recovered from intestinal issues he has been battling since 2016.

He leaves behind his longtime partner, Kathy DeMonaco, his six children and six grandchildren.

More about Mel Tillis Gossip News and Trivia:

Mel Tillis recorded over 60 albums during his career and wrote more than 1,000 songs. He wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles.

  • Mel Tillis is the father of Country singer Pam Tillis.
  • Mel Tillis stuttered which disappears when he sings.
  • Prolific country singer/songwriter and actor, who has scored nearly six dozen hits on Billboard magazine’s country singles charts between 1958 and 1988.
  • His biggest country hit, 1972’s “I Ain’t Never,” had been a major hit for Webb Pierce in 1959. Pierce’s version stayed at No. 2 for nine weeks late that summer.
  • The Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year for 1976.
  • Mel Tillis was awarded the 2011 American National Medal of the Arts for his services to music on February 13, 2012.
  • Mel Tillis wrote the song “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, a hit for Kenny Rogers in 1968. The song was based on a couple who lived near his family home in Florida, who were having marital troubles. Tillis left out of the song the real-life ending: the husband murdered his wife and then killed himself.
    Now living full time in Ocala, Florida. [January 2005]
    Silver Springs, Florida: Songwriter and singer. [February 2012]
    He grew up in Pahokee, Florida.
    He served in the Air Force for four years. He formed a band called the Westerners and played local clubs while stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War.