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Mel Tillis (1932–2017)


Mel Tillis was born on August 8, 1932 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Lonnie Melvin Tillis. He was married to Julia Ann Edwards and Doris Yvonne Duckworth. He died on November 19, 2017 in Ocala, Florida. See full bio »

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(age 85) in Ocala, Florida, USA

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Known For

Grosse Pointe Blank
Grosse Pointe Blank Soundtrack
(1997)
No Escape
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(2015)
The Help
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(2011)

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 2018 Så længe jeg lever (lyrics: "OH MARIE, JEG VIL HJEM TIL DIG" (Mary Don't You Weep)) / (music: "OH MARIE, JEG VIL HJEM TIL DIG" (Mary Don't You Weep))
 2017 Logan Lucky (writer: "So Wrong")
 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")
 2008 Beer for My Horses (performer: "Burning Memories") / (writer: "Burning Memories")
 2007 Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes (Video) (writer: "Detroit City")
 2007 A West Texas Children's Story (writer: "I Ain't Never")
 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)
 2002 Rumble (writer: "Bop-a-Lena")
 1999 A Texas Funeral (writer: "Emotions")
 1999 Happy, Texas (writer: "Honky Tonk Song")
 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)
 1997 A Life Less Ordinary (writer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")
 1997 House of America (writer: "Detroit City" - as Tillis)
 1997 Grosse Pointe Blank (writer: "Detroit City")
 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 - 7 episodes, 1966 - 1973) (performer - 6 episodes, 1967 - 1969)
- Jimmy Driftwood (1973) ... (writer: "Pastor's Absent on Vacation")
- 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")
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Songwriter: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", a hit for Kenny Rogers. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

M-m-m-mel Tillis

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

He 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 having marital problems, who lived near his family home in Florida. Tillis left the couple's true life ending out of the song wherein the husband murdered his wife and then killed himself. See more »

Trademark:

Stuttering, which disappears when he sings

Star Sign:

Leo

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