Mel Tillis: 1932-2017 Part 2 - Hit Songwriter

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 03:20 AM Written by 



Bobby Bare's 1963 single of Tillis and Danny Dill's "Detroit City"

The late Mel Tillis first made his name as a composer writing songs that became hits for others, a career path similar to that of Roger Miller and Willie Nelson, whe were first famous as songwriters before becoming star vocalists in their own right.  Here's a sample of Tillis compositions that became hits for others, starting with the man who discovered him after a fashion: Webb Pierce and ending with Ricky Skaggs, who took a Tillis song to # 1 in 1984.

 Webb Pierce:

1957: "I'm Tired" (# 3)

1958: "Honky Tonk Song" (# 1)

"Tupelo County Jail."(# 7)

1959: "I Ain't Never" (# 2--nine weeks)

Ray Price:

1961: "Heart Over Mind" (#  5)

Bobby Bare:

1963: "Detroit City"(# 6 )  1963 Grammy Winner for Country and Western Recording)  Tillis co-wrote the song with Danny Dill.

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition:

1969: "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town"(# 6 pop, # 39 country)

Ricky Skaggs:

1984: "Honey Open That Door" (# 1)






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