Veteran country music singer Mel Tillis' health is quickly declining. After a colon surgery, Mel Tillis is still hospitalized. Mel's daughter Pam Tillis has taken on social media to seek fans for prayers. Pam Tillis conceded today that the 83-year-old singer is not healing as quickly as everyone hoped.
Initially when Oak Ridge Boys and Andrew Pope asked for prayers for the senior Tillis, a representative said the case was "overstated." However, Pam Tillis' most recent post on Facebook indicates that Mel Tillis has taken a turn for the worse within the last week.
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. 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.
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".
One of Mel's recent 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. Mel Tillis has been in the music/entertainment business now for 50 plus years. He and his band, the Statesiders, have worked concerts all over the 50 states, Canada, England, and other countries. n 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.