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Mel Tillis

Mel Tillis was born on August 8, 1932 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Lonnie Melvin Tillis. He was previously married to Doris Tillis. See full bio »

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The Help
The Help Soundtrack
Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club Soundtrack
Grosse Pointe Blank
Grosse Pointe Blank Soundtrack


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 2015/I No Escape (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
  The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes, 2009 - 2014) (performer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Bobby Braddock (2014) ... (writer: "I Ain't Never" - uncredited)
- Jesse McReynolds (2014) ... (writer: "The Violet and a Rose" - uncredited)
- Corb Lund (2013) ... (writer: "All the Time" - uncredited)
- Bobby Bare (2012) ... (writer: "Detroit City")
- Mel Tillis (2009) ... (performer: "Sawmill", "Detroit City", "Heart over Mind") / (writer: "Sawmill", "Detroit City", "Heart over Mind")
 2013 Dallas Buyers Club (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
 2012 Walk on Boy (Short) (writer: "Walk on Boy")
 2012 Grabbers (writer: "Bop-a-Lena" - as Tillis)
 2011 The Help (writer: "I Ain't Never")
 2011 Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (TV Movie) (writer: "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town")
 2010 The Road to Coronation Street (TV Movie) (writer: "Rock the Bop" - uncredited)
 2010 The Runway (writer: "Bop-A-Lena")
 2010 Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 (Video) (performer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town") / (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town")
 2009 The Queens of Country (Video) (writer: "So Wrong")
 2007 Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes (Video) (writer: "Detroit City")
 2007 Expired (writer: "Emotions")
 2006 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (2006) ... (writer: "Detroit City")
 2005 ER (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cañon City (2005) ... (writer: "Emotions" - uncredited)
 2002 Anita & Me (writer: "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town" (as "Baby Don't Take Your Love To Town"))
 2002 Crossing Jordan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Scared Straight (2002) ... (writer: "Burning Memories" - uncredited)
 1999 A Texas Funeral (writer: "Emotions")
 1999 Happy, Texas (writer: "Honky Tonk Song")
 1997 A Life Less Ordinary (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
 1997 Grosse Pointe Blank (writer: "Detroit City")
 1996-1997 Bat Yam - New York (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Eshet Ha'il: Part 1 (1997) ... (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" - uncredited)
- America (1996) ... (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" - uncredited)
 1994 Nobody's Fool (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town")
 1993 A Home of Our Own (writer: "Emotions")
 1993 The Beverly Hillbillies (writer: "I AIN'T NEVER")
 1993 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.3 (1993) ... (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
 1992 Pure Country (writer: "THOUGHTS OF A FOOL")
 1989 Next of Kin (writer: "Pyramid of Cans")
 1987 Hamburger Hill (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town")
 1987 Tough Guys Don't Dance (performer: "You'll Come Back (You Always Do)")
 1986 20th Annual Music City News Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Memory Maker")
 1986 Uphill All the Way (lyrics: "Uphill All the Way", "Stonin' Around") / (music: "Uphill All the Way", "Stonin' Around") / (performer: "Uphill All the Way", "Is We Goin' Somewheres", "Stonin' Around")
 1981 Fort Apache the Bronx (performer: "Steppin' Out")
 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II (performer: "Here's Lookin' At You")
 1979 Country Superstars of the 70s (TV Movie) (performer: "Country Is")
 1979 The Villain (performer: "The Villain", "Handsome Stranger", "Charmin'")
 1978 Every Which Way But Loose (performer: "Coca Cola Cowboy", "Send Me Down To Tucson")
 1978 12th Annual Music City News Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Good Woman Blues", "What Did I Promise Her Last Night", "I Got The Hoss")
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.21 ... (performer: "Don't Let Go")
 1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (performer: "The Losing End" - uncredited)
 1974 The Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 19 February 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
  The Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes, 1966 - 1971) (performer - 6 episodes, 1967 - 1969)
- Bobby Bare (1971) ... (writer: "Detroit City")
- The Cates Sisters (1970) ... (writer: "Pastor's Absent on Vacation")
- Roy Clark (1970) ... (writer: "Pastor's Absent On Vacation")
- Hank Snow (1969) ... (performer: "I Went Wrong") / (writer: "I Went Wrong")
- Wayne Kemp (1969) ... (performer: "Honky Tonkin'")
 1971 Rio das Mortes (TV Movie) (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
 1969-1971 The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- History of Country Music: Part 2 (1971) ... (writer: "I Ain't Never")
- Episode #2.4 (1970) ... (writer: "Detroit City")
- Episode #1.26 (1970) ... (writer: "Ruby")
- Episode #1.10 (1969) ... (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
- Episode #1.3 (1969) ... (writer: "Detroit City")
 1967 Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (performer: "Dirty Ole Egg Suckin' Dog") / (writer: "Dirty Ole Egg Suckin' Dog")
 1967 The Road to Nashville (writer: "Send me a letter")
 1960 Ozark Jubilee (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 24 June 1960 (1960) ... (writer: "Just Like I Knew" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 27 February 1960 (1960) ... (writer: "I've Got the Georgia Town Blues" - uncredited)
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Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (70 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

Personal Details

Other Works:

CD: "American Originals" (SSP) See more »

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Alternate Names:

M-m-m-mel Tillis

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Personal Quote:

[on the pre- rock'n'roll era] Back then there wasn't many albums. You sold singles.


Father of Country singer Pam Tillis. See more »


Stuttering, which disappears when he sings

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