• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995



Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2005, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Mel Tillis, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 25 May 2005.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Mel Tillis who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Mel Tillis
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 25 May 2005.

'I have to say that Gene Watson, along with Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009), is one of the best country music singers to come along since Hank Williams Senior (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953), and I ain't kidding'.

Thank you, Mel Tillis, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Mel Tillis...



Mel Tillis was born Lonnie Melvin Tillis in Tampa, Florida on Monday 8 August 1932; it is believed his stuttering was the result of a bout with malaria at the age of three.  As a child, Mel Tillis learned guitar and in high school studied both the violin and the drums.

At the age of sixteen, Mel Tillis first performed publicly at a local talent show and after graduation he entered the military.  While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Mel Tillis formed a group called The Westerners, which played local clubs.

After exiting the service in 1955, Mel Tillis went to college and held odd jobs until moving to Nashville the following year.  Mel Tillis found little success as a writer or performer there and soon returned to Florida.



Then, in 1957, Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) reached No.3 with Mel Tillis' composition 'I'm Tired', which earned the aspiring artist a song-writing contract with Webb Pierce's Cedarwood Music; 'I'm Tired' was subsequently included on Webb Pierce's 'Webb with a Beat' (Decca Records, 1960).

After playing with the likes of Minnie Pearl (Friday 25 October 1912 - Monday 4 March 1996) and Judy Lynn (Thursday 16 April 1936 - Wednesday 26 May 2010), Mel Tillis cut his first single, a cover of the standard 'It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song', in 1957.

Webb Pierce: 'Golden Favourites' (Decca Records, 1961)

The B-side of 'It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song', the self-penned 'Honky Tonk Song', quickly became a No.1 country music hit for Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) in 1957; the track was subsequently included on Webb Pierce's 'Golden Favourites' (Decca Records, 1961).



Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'm a Poor Boy', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990) and Faron Young, and included the track on 'Sweethearts or Strangers' (Capitol Records, 1957).



Carl Smith (Tuesday 15 March 1927 - Saturday 16 January 2010) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Why, Why' (co-written with Wayne Walker) as a non-album single in 1957; the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1957, and was subsequently included on 'Carl Smith: The Best of: 1951 - 1970' (Hux Records, 2013).

Mel Tillis: 'Walk on Boy & Other Great Country Hits' (Harmony Records, 1966)

After a few excursions into rock 'n' roll territory, Mel Tillis earned his first Billboard Top 40 country music hit single with 'The Violet & a Rose' for Columbia Records in 1958; the track, which reached No.24, was subsequently included on Mel Tillis' 'Walk on Boy & Other Great Country Hits' (Harmony Records, 1966).



In December 1958, Orval William Prophet (Thursday 31 August 1922 - Wednesday 4 January 1984) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Forgotten Dreams' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker); the track was subsequently included on 'The Travelin' Kind' (Bear Family Records, 2001).

While Mel Tillis continued to chart singles like 'Finally' in 1959, along with a pair of duets with Bill Phillips, 'Sawmill' and 'Georgia Town Blues', his greatest success at the turn of the decade remained as a songwriter.

 

Carl Smith (Tuesday 15 March 1927 - Saturday 16 January 2010) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ten Thousand Drums' (co-written with Carl Smith) as a non-album single in 1959; the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1959, and was subsequently included on 'Walkin' Tall' (Columbia Records, 1966) and 'Carl Smith: The Best of: 1951 - 1970' (Hux Records, 2013).

Mel Tillis continued supplying Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) with hit single after hit single, including 'I Ain't Never' (written by Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce) (No.2, 1959) and 'No Love Have I' (No.4, 1960), along with 'Crazy Wild Desire' (No.8, 1962) and 'Sawmill' (written by Mel Tillis and Horace Whatley) (No.15, 1963).

Artists also covering Mel Tillis' songs at this time were Bobby Bare ('Detroit City'), Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) ('One More Time', 'Burning Memories' and 'Heart Over Mind'), Stonewall Jackson ('Mary Don't You Weep'), Jack Greene (Tuesday 7 January 1930 - Thursday 15 March 2013) ('All The Time') and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) ('The Violet & a Rose'), which was also recorded by Wanda Jackson.



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'The Violet & a Rose' (co-written with Bud Auge and John Reinfield) and included the track on 'Webb' (Decca Records, 1958).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Tupelo County Jail' (co-written with Webb Pierce) and included the track on 'Webb' (Decca Records, 1958); the track was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1958.



Don Gibson (Tuesday 3 April 1928 - Monday 17 November 2003) recorded Mel Tillis' 'As Much' and included the track on 'That Gibson Boy' (RCA Records, 1958).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker); the single reached No.18 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1959 and was subsequently included on 'Golden Favourites' (Decca Records, 1961).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I Ain't Never' (co-written with Webb Pierce) and included the track on 'Webb with a Beat' (Decca Records, 1960); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1959.



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'll Never Have to be Alone' and included the track on 'Webb with a Beat' (Decca Records, 1960).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'No Love Have I' and included the track on 'Webb with a Beat' (Decca Records, 1960); the track reached No.4 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1960.



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'm Tired', which was co-written with Webb Pierce and Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Webb with a Beat' (Decca Records, 1960).



Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind'; the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1961 and was subsequently included on 'The Essential Ray Price: 1951 - 1962' (Columbia Records, 1991).



The Everly Brothers - Don Everly and Phil Everly (Thursday 19 January 1939 - Friday 3 January 2014) - recorded Mel Tillis' 'Stick with Me Baby' and included the track on 'A Date with The Everly Brothers' (Warner Bros. Records, 1961).



Brenda Lee recorded Mel Tillis' 'Emotions' (co-written with Ramsey Kearney) and included the track on 'Emotions' (Decca Records, 1961).



Brenda Lee recorded Mel Tillis' 'Crazy Talk' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Emotions' (Decca Records, 1961).



Jimmy Dean (Friday 10 August 1928 - Sunday 13 June 2010) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Make The Waterwheel Roll', which was co-written with Marijohn Wilkin (Wednesday 14 July 1920 - Saturday 28 October 2006), and included the track on 'Big Bad John' (Columbia Records, 1961).



In 1962, Mel Tillis saw the release of his first album, 'Heart Over Mind' (Columbia Records, 1962); a year later, in 1963, Mel Tillis teamed up with Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) for the hit 'How Come Your Dog Don't Bite Nobody But Me'.

Porter Wagoner & Skeeter Davis: 'Porter Wagoner & Skeeter Davis Sing Duets' (RCA Records, 1962)

Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) & Skeeter Davis (Wednesday 30 December 1931 - Sunday 19 September 2004) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Sorrow's Tearing Down The House' (co-written with Kent Westberry) and included the track on 'Porter Wagoner & Skeeter Davis Sing Duets' (RCA Records, 1962).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'Queen of Country Music' (Decca Records, 1962).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'One More Time' and included the track on 'Queen of Country Music' (Decca Records, 1962).



Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) recorded Mel Tillis' 'The Violet & a Rose' (co-written with Bud Auge and John Reinfield) and included the track on 'Out Behind The Barn' (Columbia Records, 1962).



Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Twenty Cigarettes', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Out Behind The Barn' (Columbia Records, 1962).



Ben Colder recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City No.2', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008) and Sheb Wooley (Sunday 10 April 1921 - Tuesday 16 September 2003), and included the track on 'Wine, Women & Song' (MGM Records, 1962).



Jimmy C. Newman (Monday 29 August 1927 - Saturday 21 June 2014) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Guess I Fooled Everybody (everybody but me)' and included the track on 'Jimmy C. Newman' (Decca Records, 1962).



Jimmy C. Newman (Monday 29 August 1927 - Saturday 21 June 2014) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Finally' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Jimmy C. Newman' (Decca Records, 1962).

 

Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Crazy Wild Desire' (co-written with Webb Pierce) and included the track on 'Cross Country' (Decca Records, 1962); the track reached No.8 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1962.

On Monday 27 June 2011, England's Hux Records released Webb Pierce's 'Cross Country' (Decca Records, 1962), along with 'Fallen Angel' (Decca Records, 1961), as a special '2-on-1' CD set (HUX126).

 

Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Take Time', which was co-written with Marijohn Wilkin (Wednesday 14 July 1920 - Saturday 28 October 2006) and Harry Hart, and included the track on 'Cross Country' (Decca Records, 1962); the track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1962.

On Monday 27 June 2011, England's Hux Records released Webb Pierce's 'Cross Country' (Decca Records, 1962), along with 'Fallen Angel' (Decca Records, 1961), as a special '2-on-1' CD set (HUX126).

 

Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'm Falling in Love with You' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Cross Country' (Decca Records, 1962).

On Monday 27 June 2011, England's Hux Records released Webb Pierce's 'Cross Country' (Decca Records, 1962), along with 'Fallen Angel' (Decca Records, 1961), as a special '2-on-1' CD set (HUX126).

 

Patsy Cline (Thursday 8 September 1932 - Tuesday 5 March 1963) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Strange' (co-written with Fred Burch) and included the track on 'Sentimentally Yours' (Decca Records, 1962).

After the second single from the album, 'Heartaches' became a hit on the Billboard pop music singles chart in late 1962 (No.73), a re-released version with the text, 'And featuring Heartaches' was added to the cover of the album.



Ferlin Husky (Thursday 3 December 1925 - Thursday 17 March 2011) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Stand Up, Sit Down, Shut Your Mouth' and included the track on 'The Unpredictable Simon Crum' (Capitol Records, 1963).



Billy Grammer (Friday 28 August 1925 - Wednesday 10 August 2011) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008) as 'I Wanna Go Home', and included the track on 'Gotta Travel On' (Decca Records, 1964); the track reached No.18 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1963.



Bobby Bare recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Detroit City' (RCA Records, 1963); the track reached No.6 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1963.



Jan & Dean (William Jan Berry: Thursday 3 April 1941 - Friday 26 March 2004) & Dean Ormsby Torrence (Sunday 10 March 1940 - ) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Surf City (& Other Swingin' Cities)' (Liberty Records, 1963).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Sooner or Later' (co-written with Webb Pierce) and included the track on 'I've Got a New Heartache' (Decca Records, 1963).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'One More Time' and included the track on 'I've Got a New Heartache' (Decca Records, 1963).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'If I Could Come Back', which was co-written with Webb Pierce and Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'I've Got a New Heartache' (Decca Records, 1963).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'If I Lost Your Love' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'I've Got a New Heartache' (Decca Records, 1963).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Georgia Town Blues', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'I've Got a New Heartache' (Decca Records, 1963).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I Can't Help Wondering' and included the track on 'The Kitty Wells Story' (Decca Records, 1963).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'The Kitty Wells Story' (Decca Records, 1963).



Roy Drusky (Sunday 22 June 1930 - Thursday 23 September 2004) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Songs of The Cities' (Mercury Records, 1964).



Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Sawmill' (co-written with Horace Whatley) and included the track on 'Story Songs for Country Folks' (Mercury Records, 1964).



Jean Shepard (Tuesday 21 November 1933 - Sunday 25 September 2016) recorded Mel Tillis' 'The Violet & a Rose' (co-written with Bud Auge and John Reinfield) and included the track on 'Light-Hearted & Blue' (Capitol Records, 1964).



David Houston (Monday 9 December 1935 - Tuesday 30 November 1993) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Snakes Crawl at Night' (co-written with Fred Burch) and included the track on 'New Voice From Nashville' (Capitol Records, 1964).



Roy Drusky (Sunday 22 June 1930 - Thursday 23 September 2004) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'All Time Country Hits' (Mercury Records, 1964).



Roy Drusky (Sunday 22 June 1930 - Thursday 23 September 2004) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Burning Memories' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Yesterday's Gone' (Mercury Records, 1964).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Sands of Gold' (Decca Records, 1964).



Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Honky Tonk Song', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Country Dance Favourites' (Mercury Records, 1964).



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Holiday For Love', which was co-written with Wayne P. Walker and Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991), and included the track on 'I Get Lonely in a Hurry' (United Artists Records, 1964).

 

 

Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Burning Memories' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Waylon Jennings at JDs' (Decca Records, 1964).

There have been three authorised re-issues of 'Waylon Jennings at JD's' (Decca Records, 1964); the album was re-issued as 'Clovis to Phoenix' (Zu-Zazz Records / Bear Family Records, 1995), 'The Journey: Destiny's Child' (Bear Family Records, 1999) and 'Phase One: The Early Years, 1959 - 1964' (Hip-O / Universal, 2002).



Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Sorrow's Tearing Down The House' (co-written with Kent Westberry) and included the track on 'Handle with Care' (Columbia Records, 1965).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Burning Memories' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Burning Memories' (Decca Records, 1965).



Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) recorded Mel Tillis' 'That's Where My Money Goes', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Memory No.1' (Decca Records, 1965).



Bill Anderson recorded Mel Tillis' 'Wine' and included the track on 'Bright Lights & Country Music' (Decca Records, 1965).



Bobby Bare recorded Mel Tillis' 'So Soon' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Constant Sorrow' (RCA Records, 1965).

Ray Price: 'Burning Memories' (Columbia Records, 1965)

Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Burning Memories' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Burning Memories' (Columbia Records, 1965); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1965.



Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Burning Memories' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Pen & Paper' (Mercury Records, 1965).



Dave Dudley (Thursday 3 May 1928 - Monday 22 December 2003) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Wreck of the Old Slow Binder' (co-written with Fred Burch) and included the track on 'Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun' (Mercury Records, 1965).



Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Country Songs for City Folks' (Smash Records, 1965).



Joe Tex (Thursday 8 August 1935 - Friday 13 August 1982) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'The New Boss' (Dial Records / Atlantic Records, 1965).



In 1965, Mel Tillis recorded his first Billboard Top 15 hit, a song called 'Wine', which was subsequently included on Mel Tillis' 'Stateside' (Kapp Records, 1966).



In 1965, Arthur Alexander (Friday 10 May 1940 - Wednesday 9 June 1993) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008); the track was released as a non-album single on Dot Records, and was subsequently included on 'From Where I Stand' (Warner Bros. Records, 1998), a various artists compilation album, which was released with the assistance of the Country Music Foundation.

A string of hit singles for Mel Tillis then followed, including 'Stateside' (No.17, 1966), 'Life Turned Her That Way' (the title cut from his 1967 album) (No.11, 1967) and his first Billboard Top 10 hit, 'Who's Julie' (No.10, 1968).

At the same time, Mel Tillis' stature as a songwriter continued to grow, thanks to hit covers of 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town', which was recorded by Johnny Darrell (Tuesday 23 July 1940 - Tuesday 7 October 1997), and Kenny Rogers & First Edition, and 'Mental Revenge', which was recorded by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002).



Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Wine' and included the track on 'Conway Twitty Sings' (Decca Records, 1966).



Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Mel Tillis' 'You're Gonna Wonder About Me' and included the track on 'Leavin' Town' (RCA Records, 1966).



Charley Pride recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Country' (RCA Records, 1966).



Charley Pride recorded Mel Tillis' 'Snakes Crawl at Night' (co-written with Fred Burch) and included the track on 'Country' (RCA Records, 1966).



Charley Pride recorded Mel Tillis' 'Atlantic Coastal Line' (co-written with Fred Burch) and included the track on 'Country' (RCA Records, 1966).



Tom Jones recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Green, Green Grass of Home' (Decca Records, 1966).



Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Love of the Common People' (RCA Records, 1967).

The Statler Brothers recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'The Statler Brothers Sing The Big Hits' (Columbia Records, 1967).



Tom Jones recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Green, Green Grass of Home' (Decca Records, 1967).



Charley Pride recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'll Wander Back to You', which was co-written with Fred Burch and Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'The Country Way' (RCA Records, 1967).



Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Unmitigated Gall' and included the track on 'Unmitigated Gall' (Mercury Records, 1967).



Jack Greene (Tuesday 7 January 1930 - Thursday 15 March 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'All The Time' (Decca Records, 1967); the single was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for five weeks in June / July 1967.



Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'm Tired', which was co-written with Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) and Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Mr. Songwriter' (RCA Records, 1967).



Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Walkin' in the Sunshine' (Smash Records, 1967).



Johnny Darrell (Tuesday 23 July 1940 - Tuesday 7 October 1997) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' (United Artists Records, 1967).



Johnny Darrell (Tuesday 23 July 1940 - Tuesday 7 October 1997) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Mental Revenge' and included the track on 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' (United Artists Records, 1967).



Margie Singleton recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Sings Country Music With Soul' (Ashley Records, 1967).



Margie Singleton recorded Mel Tillis' 'Goodbye Wheeling' and included the track on 'Sings Country Music With Soul' (Ashley Records, 1967).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Queen of Honky Tonk Street' (Decca Records, 1967).



Jan Howard recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'This is Jan Howard Country' (Decca Records, 1967).

Patti Page: 'Today My Way' (Columbia Records, 1967)

Patti Page (Tuesday 8 November 1927 - Tuesday 1 January 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Today My Way' (Columbia Records, 1967).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded  Mel Tillis' 'I Could Have Gone Right' and included the track on 'Mama Tried' (Capitol Records, 1968).



Ferlin Husky (Thursday 3 December 1925 - Thursday 17 March 2011) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Just for You' (Capitol Records, 1968).



Johnny Darrell (Tuesday 23 July 1940 - Tuesday 7 October 1997) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Goodbye Wheeling' and included the track on 'The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp' (United Artists Records, 1968).



Eddy Arnold (Wednesday 15 May 1918 - Thursday 8 May 2008) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'The Ever Lovin' World of Eddy Arnold' (RCA Records, 1968).



Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) & Dolly Parton recorded Mel Tillis' 'Sorrow's Tearing Down The House' (co-written with Kent Westberry) and included the track on 'Just Between You & Me' (RCA Records, 1968).



Jim Ed Brown (Sunday 1 April 1934 - Thursday 11 June 2015) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Country's Best on Record' (RCA Records, 1968).



Charley Pride recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Songs of Pride...Charley That Is' (RCA Records, 1968).



Jean Shepard (Tuesday 21 November 1933 - Sunday 25 September 2016) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Alright, I'll Sign The Papers' and included the track on 'A Real Good Woman' (Capitol Records, 1968).



Jean Shepard (Tuesday 21 November 1933 - Sunday 25 September 2016) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'A Real Good Woman' (Capitol Records, 1968).



Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Last Foxhole' (co-written with Fred Burch) and included the track on 'Will You Visit Me on Sundays' (Capitol Records, 1968).



Cal Smith (Thursday 7 April 1932 - Thursday 10 October 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Old Faithful' and included the track on 'It Takes Me All Night Long' (Kapp Records, 1968).



Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 - Wednesday 19 February 2003) recorded Mel Tillis' 'All The Time' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Country Soul' (Little Darlin' Records, 1968).



Red Sovine (Wednesday 17 July 1918 - Friday 4 April 1980) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Not Like it was with You' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Tell Maude I Slipped' (Starday Records, 1968).



Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Can You Build Your House (on another man's grave)' and included the track on 'Little Jimmy Dickens Comes Calling' (Decca Records, 1969).



Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Wine Me Up' (Mercury Records, 1969).



Red Sovine (Wednesday 17 July 1918 - Friday 4 April 1980) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Old Faithful' and included the track on 'Closing Time 'Til Dawn' (Starday Records, 1969).



Red Sovine (Wednesday 17 July 1918 - Friday 4 April 1980) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Normally Norma Loves Me' and included the track on 'Closing Time 'Til Dawn' (Starday Records, 1969).



Nat Stuckey (Sunday 17 December 1933 - Wednesday 24 August 1988) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Son of a Bum' and included the track on 'Keep 'Em Country' (RCA Victor Records, 1969).

Ann M. Stuckey submitted a 'Peer's Quote' about Gene Watson on Saturday 25 January 2014



Bobby Bare recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Margie's at The Lincoln Park Inn' (RCA Records, 1969).



Bobby Bare recorded Mel Tillis' 'Cincinnati Jail' and included the track on 'Margie's at The Lincoln Park Inn' (RCA Records, 1969).



Red Sovine (Wednesday 17 July 1918 - Friday 4 April 1980) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Who Am I' (Starday Records, 1969).

At the end of the 1960s, Mel Tillis and his new backing band, The Statesiders, came into their own as performers; after two 1969 Billboard Top 10 hits, 'These Lonely Hands of Mine' (No.9, 1969) and 'She'll be Hanging Around Somewhere' (No.10, 1969).



Linda Ronstadt recorded Mel Tillis' 'Mental Revenge' and included the track on 'Silk Purse' (Capitol Records, 1970).



Cal Smith (Thursday 7 April 1932 - Thursday 10 October 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Country Hit Parade' (Kapp Records, 1970).



Billie Jo Spears (Friday 14 January 1938 - Wednesday 14 December 2011) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'Country Girl' (Capitol Records, 1970).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'Your Love is The Way' (Decca Records, 1970).

Mel Tillis scored back-to-back Billboard Top 5 country music hit singles in 1970, with 'Heart Over Mind' (No.3, 1970) and 'Heaven Everyday' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice) (No.5, 1970).



Dean Martin (Thursday 7 June 1917 - Monday 25 December 1995) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'My Woman, My Woman, My Wife' (Reprise Records, 1970).



Dean Martin (Thursday 7 June 1917 - Monday 25 December 1995) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'My Woman, My Woman, My Wife' (Reprise Records, 1970).

In 1971, Mel Tillis began a successful string of duets with Sherry Bryce, which included 'Take My Hand' (written by Les Acton, Helen Acton and Shirley Price) and 'Living & Learning'; Mel Tillis also saw the release of the album 'Recorded Live at The Sam Houston Coliseum' (MGM Records, 1971).



Eddy Arnold (Wednesday 15 May 1918 - Thursday 8 May 2008) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Loving Her was Easier' (RCA Records, 1971).



Ferlin Husky (Thursday 3 December 1925 - Thursday 17 March 2011) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'One More Time' (Capitol Records, 1971).



Jimmy Dean (Friday 10 August 1928 - Sunday 13 June 2010) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Everybody Knows' (RCA Records, 1971).



Nat Stuckey (Sunday 17 December 1933 - Wednesday 24 August 1988) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'Only a Woman Like You' (RCA Victor Records, 1971).

Ann M. Stuckey submitted a 'Peer's Quote' about Gene Watson on Saturday 25 January 2014



The Wilburn Brothers - Doyle Wilburn (Monday 7 July 1930 - Saturday 16 October 1982) & Teddy Wilburn (Monday 30 November 1931 - Monday 24 November 2003) - recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'That She's Leaving Feeling' (Decca Records, 1971).



Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 - Monday 1 September 2008) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town' and included the track on 'When You're Hot, You're Hot' (RCA Records, 1971).



In 1972, Mel Tillis enjoyed his first Billboard No.1 country music hit single with 'I Ain't Never' (No.1 for two weeks in September / October 1972); the track, which was written by Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991), was included on Mel Tillis' 'I Ain't Never' (MGM Records, 1972).



Nat Stuckey (Sunday 17 December 1933 - Wednesday 24 August 1988) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'm Gonna Act Right' and included the track on 'Forgive Me for Calling You Darling' (RCA Victor Records, 1972); the track reached No.17 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1972.

Ann M. Stuckey submitted a 'Peer's Quote' about Gene Watson on Saturday 25 January 2014



Dickey Lee
recorded Mel Tillis' 'Tupelo County Jail', which was co-written with Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991), and included the track on 'Baby Bye Bye' (RCA Victor Records, 1972).



Mel Street (Saturday 21 October 1933 - Saturday 21 October 1978) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'The Town Where You Live' (Metrologic Records, 1973).



Hank Thompson (Thursday 3 September 1925 - Tuesday 6 November 2007) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I Ain't Never', which was co-written with Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991), and included the track on 'Kindly Keep It Country' (Dot Records, 1973).



Dave Dudley (Thursday 3 May 1928 - Monday 22 December 2003) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I Keep Looking Back' and included the track on 'Special Delivery' (United Artists Records, 1975).

Dave Edmunds recorded Mel Tillis' 'I Ain't Never', which was co-written with Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991), and included the track on 'Subtle as a Flying Mallet' (RCA Records, 1975); the album was re-released in February 2013 by RPM Records UK as a deluxe edition.

On Monday 11 October 1976, a date upon which Gene Watson celebrated his 33rd birthday, Mel Tillis was awarded The Country Music Association (CMA) 'Entertainer of the Year' Award.



In September 1977, Mel Tillis saw the release of 'Love's Troubled Waters' (MCA Records, 1977); one of the included tracks was 'I Got The Hoss' (written by Gerald House), which reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1977 and featured guest vocals from Janie Fricke.



Jody Miller recorded Mel Tillis' 'You Can Be Replaced' (co-written with Jerry Crutchfield) and included the track on 'Here's Jody Miller' (Epic Records, 1977).



Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Honky Tonk Song', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Georgia Keeps Pulling on My Ring' (MCA Records, 1978).

Most of the 1970s turned out to be a very fertile period for Mel Tillis as a country music recording artist, as evidenced by a series of Billboard Top 5 hit singles, including the following:

'Neon Rose' (written by Rory Bourke and Gayle Barnhill) (No.3, 1972)
'Sawmill' (written by Mel Tillis and Horace Whatley) (No.2, 1973)
'Midnight, Me & The Blues' (written by Jerry House) (No.2, 1973)
'Stomp Them Grapes' (written by Ronal McCown) (No.3, 1974)
'Memory Maker' (written by Mel Tillis and Kent Westberry) (No.3, 1974)

Between 1976 and 1980, Mel Tillis scored five more No.1 hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Good Woman Blues' (written by Ken McDuffle)
 (No.1 for two weeks in November / December 1976)
'Heart Healer' (written by Tom Gmeiner and John Greenebaum) (No.1 for one week in March 1977)
'I Believe in You' (written by Buddy Cannon and Gene Dunlap) (No.1 for one week in July 1978)
'Coca Cola Cowboy' (written by Sandy Pinkard, Steve Dorff, Bud Dain and Sam Atchley) (No.1 for one week in August 1979)
'Southern Rains' (written by Roger Murrah) (No.1 for one week in February 1981)



Gail Davies
 recorded Mel Tillis' 'No Love Have I' and included the track on her self-titled debut album, 'Gail Davies' (Lifesong Records, 1978); the track reached No.23 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.



Dolly Parton recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on '9 to 5 & Odd Jobs' (RCA Records, 1980).

Mel Tillis also appeared in a number of feature films, including 'W.W. & The Dixie Dance Kings' in 1975, which starred Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 - Monday 1 September 2008) and Don Williams, 'The Villain' in 1977 (starring Kirk Douglas and Arnold Schwarzenegger), Clint Eastwood's 'Every Which Way But Loose' in 1979, which included Mel Tillis' No.1 'Coca Cola Cowboy' on the soundtrack, and 'Smokey & The Bandit II' in 1980.

Although Mel Tillis continued to work in films (co-starring in both 'Cannonball Run' pictures) and notched the occasional Billboard Top Ten hit single, such as 'A Million Old Goodbyes' (No.8, 1981) and 'In The Middle of The Night' (No.10, 1983), Mel Tillis' days as a superstar were over.

 

However, Mel Tillis remained a popular songwriter, especially among younger country music artists.  His 'Honey (Open That Door)' was a Billboard No.1 hit for Ricky Skaggs (No.1 for one week in June 1984); the track was included on Ricky Skaggs' 'Don't Cheat in Our Hometown' (Epic Records, 1983) and Ricky Skaggs' 'Live in London' (Epic Records, 1985).

Ricky Skaggs: 'Comin' Home to Stay' (Epic Records, 1987)

Ricky Skaggs recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'm Tired', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990) and Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991), and included the track on 'Comin' Home to Stay' (Epic Records, 1987); the track reached No.18 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987.



Suzy Bogguss recorded Mel Tillis' 'As If I Didn't Know' (co-written with Hal Bynum) and included the track on 'Moment of Truth' (Liberty Records, 1990).



In the early 1990s, Mel Tillis continued as a successful road act, at a time when his daughter Pam Tillis emerged to become one of the country music genre's most successful artists.



Dude Mowrey recorded Mel Tillis' 'Honky Tonk Song', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Honky Tonk' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1991).



George Strait recorded Mel Tillis' 'Thoughts of a Fool' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on the soundtrack album for 'Pure Country' (MCA Records, 1992).



Holly Dunn
recorded Mel Tillis' 'No Love Have I' and included the track on 'Getting It Dunn' (Warner Bros. Records, 1992).



Bill Anderson
recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'I Wonder If God Likes Country Music' (Fat Boy Records, 1995).



Ronnie Reno
& The Reno Brothers (Don Wayne Reno and Dale Reno) recorded Mel Tillis' 'I'm So Dog Gone Used to Lovin' You', which was co-written with Wayne Carson (Monday 31 May 1943 - Monday 20 July 2015), and included the track on 'Swing West' (Pinecastle Records, 1995); the track name-checked Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016).



BR5-49 recorded Mel Tillis' 'Honky Tonk Song', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'BR5-49' (Arista Nashville Records, 1996).



BR5-49 recorded Mel Tillis' 'I Ain't Never', which was co-written with Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991), and included the track on 'BR5-49' (Arista Nashville Records, 1996).



Gary Buck (Thursday 21 March 1940 - Tuesday 14 October 2003) recorded Mel Tillis' 'When Two Worlds Collide', which was co-written with Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992), and included the track on 'Western Swing & Country' (Broadland International Records, 1998).



Ricky Van Shelton recorded Mel Tillis' 'Foolish Pride' (co-written with Ernie Rowell) and included the track on 'Fried Green Tomatoes' (Audium Records, 2000).



On Tuesday 3 September 2002, Pam Tillis saw the release of 'It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis' (Epic Records / Lucky Dog Records, 2002), which included the following tracks:

'Burning Memories' (written by Mel Tillis and Wayne Walker)
'So Wrong', which was written by Carl Perkins (Saturday 9 April 1932 - Monday 19 January 1998), Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008) and Mel Tillis
'Unmitigated Gall' (written by Mel Tillis)
'The Violet & a Rose', which was written by Theresa Auge, John Reinfeld, Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) and Mel Tillis
'I Ain't Never', which was written by Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991)
'Not Like It was with You' (written by Mel Tillis)
'Mental Revenge' (written by Mel Tillis)
'Heart Over Mind' (written by Mel Tillis)
'Goodbye Wheeling' (written by Mel Tillis)
'Emotions' (written by Mel Tillis and Ramsey Kearney)
'Honey (Open That Door)' (written by Mel Tillis)
'Detroit City', which was written by Mel Tillis and Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008)
'Come On & Sing' (written by Mel Tillis)

Pam Tillis' 'It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis' (Epic Records / Lucky Dog Records, 2002) reached No.54 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2002.



George Jones
(Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Mel Tillis' 'Detroit City', which was co-written with Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008), and included the track on 'Hits I Missed...& One I Didn't' (Bandit Records, 2005); the album was produced by Keith Stegall.



On Tuesday 28 June 2005, Trick Pony saw the release of 'R.I.D.E.' (Asylum Records / Curb Records, 2005); one of the included tracks was 'Ain't Wastin' Good Whiskey on You' (written by Wally Wilson and Buck Moore), which featured background vocals from Tracy Byrd, Joe Diffie, Mel TillisTanya Tucker and Darryl Worley, and reached No.42 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2005.



Hacienda Brothers, which consisted of Chris Gaffney (Tuesday 3 October 1950 - Thursday 17 April 2008), Dave Gonzalez, Dave Berzansky, Dale Daniel and Hank Maninger, recorded Mel Tillis' 'Mental Revenge' and included the track on 'Hacienda Brothers' (Proper Records, 2005).



The Tom Travis Bluegrass Band recorded Mel Tillis' 'Sawmill' (co-written with Horace Whatley) and included the track on 'Rootin' For Roots' (Redeye Acoustic Records / Proper Distribution UK, 2006).



Robert Plant & Alison Krauss recorded Mel Tillis' 'Stick with Me, Baby' and included the track on 'Raising Sand' (Rounder Records, 2007).



Marty Stuart
& The Fabulous Superlatives recorded Mel Tillis' 'A Honky Tonk Song', which was co-written with Aubrey Ross 'Buck' Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 - Tuesday 13 March 1990), and included the track on 'Cool Country Favourites' (Superlatone Records, 2008).

Annette Hawkins & Kim Copedo: 'Something Between Us' (Annette Hawkins & Kim Copedo Music, 2008)

Annette Hawkins & Kim Copedo recorded Mel Tillis' 'Who's Laughing Now' (co-written with Tom Littlefield and Richard Rowell) and included the track on 'Something Between Us' (Annette Hawkins & Kim Copedo Music, 2008).



Darryl Worley recorded 'Don't Show Up (if you can't get down)' (written by Jim Brown, Kevin Grantt and Darryl Worley) and included the track on 'Sounds Like Life' (Stroudavarious Records, 2009); the track featured guest vocals from Bill Anderson, John Anderson, Mel Tillis, Jamey Johnson and Smash Mouth.



Lorrie Morgan recorded Mel Tillis' 'Alright, I'll Sign the Papers' and included the track on 'A Moment in Time' (Stroudavarious Records / Country Crossing Records, 2009).



Cory Walker recorded Mel Tillis' 'Memory Maker' (co-written with Kent Westberry) and included the track on 'Cory Walker' (Walker Records, 2010).



Jamey Johnson recorded Mel Tillis' 'Mental Revenge' and included the track on 'The Guitar Song' (Mercury Nashville Records, 2010).



Amber Digby
recorded Mel Tillis' 'There Must Be Another Way to Live' and included the track on 'Another Way to Live' (Heart of Texas Records, 2010).



Lonesome River Band recorded Me Tillis' 'Goodbye Wheeling' and included the track on 'Still Learning' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2010).



Justin Trevino recorded Mel Tillis' 'Heart Over Mind' and included the track on 'Live at London Dance Hall' (Heart of Texas Records, 2015).



Landon Dodd
recorded Mel Tillis' 'What Comes Natural to a Fool' and included the track on 'What Comes Natural to a Fool' (Heart of Texas Records, 2016).

Jeff Woolsey: 'The Real Me' (Shuffle One Records, 2016)

Jeff Woolsey recorded Mel Tillis' 'Memory Maker' (co-written with Kent Westberry) and included the track on 'The Real Me' (Shuffle One Records, 2016).

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