Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85


Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Museum, tells ET in which Tillis’ death “brings such sadness” along with describes him as “one of the funniest along with most genuine people.”

“Mel Tillis spent a lifetime giving us joy along with laughter along with music, which can be why his death brings such sadness,” Young says. “Had he never stepped on a stage, he might still have been one of the funniest along with most genuine people on the planet. yet his whimsy along with warmth were only a part of his appeal.”

Young continues, “He wrote some of country music’s most compelling along with consequential songs, he fronted a remarkable band, along with he sang with power along with emotion. He also shone as an inspiration, revealing what others called an impediment as a vehicle for humor along with desire.”

Tillis, who was the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year in 1976, was best known for writing hits such as Bobby Bare’s “Detroit City,” Webb Pierce’s “I’m Tired” along with the 1969 crossover track for Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

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