Mel Tillis Remembered by Country Music Community



lost a brother. Mel was the very first person I met when I came to
Nashville in the late ‘50s and we’ve been friends ever since. I’ve lost
another fishing buddy and a talented, talented brother.
Without Mel and ‘Detroit City,’ I probably would not have had a career. Mel’s one of those people you’ve got to love.” – Bobby Bare, fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member and bandmate of Tillis’ in “Old Dogs” with Jerry Reed and Waylon Jennings. Mel Tillis co-wrote Bare’s smash-hit “Detroit City.”

“Mel was a special friend, great artist, and constant inspiration to me—Heaven’s choir just got sweeter.” – Randy Travis, fellow Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member

“Hall of Fame entertainer and songwriter — he was all in one, a great combination. He is one of our biggest heroes.” – Randy Owen of ALABAMA, fellow Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member

“Mel Tillis, you will be missed by so many of us you touched over the years. Rest in peace my friend.” – Charlie Daniels, fellow Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member

“All I could think of when I heard the news of Mel’s passing was ‘one of
the brightest lights in country music went out last night.’ He left an
amazing legacy with his songs, but I will always remember his humor more
than anything else. It’s sad to think there will be no more ‘Mel Tillis
stories.’ – Jeannie Seely, fellow Grand Ole Opry member

“It’s a sad day in country music but even sadder for the family and
those of us who loved the late, great Mel Tillis. His life was the stage
and making people laugh for years. He was truly one of the kindest men
in the business to me. He was great friends with my dad and my uncle
Bill and he’s treated me like a daughter. My heart breaks for the future
of the Tillis family while they heal. It’s a hole that will never be
filled for them. God bless Mel Tillis and the Tillis family.” – Lorrie Morgan, fellow Grand Ole Opry member

“Mel was a great entertainer who inspired me so much. I am deeply
saddened. What a great friend he was to me. I just thought the world of
him. We will miss him dearly. His great songs will be with us forever.
God Bless his family.” – Moe Bandy

“I first met Mel when I played with him on Bobby Bare and Friends in ‘85. He was a true country gentleman, a giant songwriter and an icon.” – Max T. Barnes

“We always loved working with Mel. He was one
of the kindest, funniest persons we were ever around! We still laugh
about the stories he would tell, hanging out after a show – one of the
memorable people in our career.”
Marlon Hargis of Exile

“I was honored to be Mel’s friend! He took me under his wing a long time
ago and for that I will be forever grateful. The world has lost a truly
talented man. His music and hilarious stories will live on forever.
Rest in peace my friend, I’ll see you on the other side.” – Johnny Lee

“Mel Tillis was one of the first people I met in Nashville and he was
always so kind to me. We certainly have lost a giant in our music
family.” – Lee Roy Parnell

“We lost a treasure today! Mel Tillis will always be an American
original, he was humble, kind, gracious and funny. His stories were
amazing — thank you, Mel, for showing me how it’s done. Be as cool off
stage as you are on stage. Rest in Peace my friend.” – Tim Rushlow

“Thank you to Mel Tillis for the years of songs, stories and music; what an amazing legacy.” – Paul Bogart

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