Dolly Parton, Larry Gatlin, Ray Stevens, Charlie Daniels, Tracy Lawrence and
Many More Send Video Messages to Mel Tillis in Celebration of 84th Birthday
Daughter Pam Tillis Provides Update on Country Music Hall of Famer’s Condition
Country Stars And Industry Executives Wish Mel Tillis Happy Birthday
Country music stars and industry executives are helping the legendary Mel Tillis celebrate his 84th birthday.
Mel Tillis, who has been under medical care since undergoing colon surgery last January, received a video reel from some of his longtime friends and industry execs.
The footage includes birthday wishes from Dolly Parton, Larry Gatlin, Ray Stevens, Charlie Daniels, Bobby Bare, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, TG Sheppard, Lorrie Morgan, Billy Dean, Tracy Lawrence, Steve Wariner, Sammy Kershaw, Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band, John Berry, Jeannie Seely, Bill Anderson, Daryle Singletary, Restless Heart, T. Graham Brown, Mark Wills, Leroy Van Dyke, Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Crook & Chase as well as the Statesiders, Mel’s band. Click HERE to view the reel.
“Thank you all for making this day so special for Daddy,” says Mel’s daughter, Pam Tillis. “This year has been tough for him but we continue to see improvements as the days go by. Right now, he’s in assisted living since he needs special wound care and rehabilitation. We hope to have him home soon. Our family thanks you all for the outpouring of love. We’ve been truly touched. Continued prayers for Daddy are appreciated.”
Mel also received special birthday messages from Grand Ole Opry General Manager Pete Fisher, the Academy of Country Music, Rhonda Vincent, Neal McCoy, Buddy Cannon, Maggie Rose, Chuck Wicks and more.
The Tillis team would like to extend a very special ‘thank you’ to Jeff Moseley and Hank Elliott of CJM Productions for donating their time to produce Mel’s birthday reel. We would also like to extend sincerest thanks to the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the Grand Ole Opry, Webster PR and EB Media for helping to make Mel’s day extra special.
About Mel Tillis
Throughout his monstrous career, Mel Tillis has recorded more than 60 albums, has had 35 Top Ten singles, was named the Country Music Association‘s coveted Entertainer of the Year, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and holds country music’s highest honor as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has written over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.