Legendary country music star Mel Tillis dies at 85

Legendary country music star Mel Tillis dies at 85

Legendary country music star Mel Tillis dies at 85

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.

During the 1960s, Tillis' songs charted for several artists, with hits like "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town)", "Mental Revenge" and "Detroit City", becoming classics, the Tennessean reported.

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. He was also inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. According to a statement made by his publicist, the musician battled intestinal issues and reportedly suffered respiratory failure.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts. He wrote some of country music's most compelling and consequential songs, he fronted a remarkable band, and he sang with power and emotion.

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.

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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.

Tributes from fellow country music stars poured in on social media, with musician and "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton describing Tillis' death as "a truly devastating loss".

Tillis was also a regular personality on the big and small screens, appearing on TV shows like Hee Haw and Hollywood Squares and in films such as The Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit 2.

The singer was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in June of 2007. Mel Tillis always put on a show ...

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