Mel Tillis – Classic Country and a Class Act [VIDEO]
Almost every Friday on WGNA.COM, Scott Blaine features a video of a song that you may have forgotten about with his “Flashback Friday” blog. My mom and dad used to listen to country and western, so when I grew up I would hear all the classic country artists. That’s when they still had the “western” attached to the music genre. Now I’m going to show you a “classic country” clip.
Every Sunday morning between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m., you can hear Kevin Richards play many of those songs on the Sunday Morning Hall of Fame, on WGNA. This week, he’s featuring country music legend Mel Tillis: A gentleman who has been performing since the 1950s. Besides singing, he’s written a few hit songs including some recorded by other country artists like George Strait, Kenny Rogers and Brenda Lee. He’s also had some acting roles in a few movies including “Every Which Way But Loose,” “Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit II.” Something else he’s known for is his stuttering. He was the spokesman and honorary chairman of Stuttering Foundation of America. I find it to be amazing that when Mel speaks, he stutters, but when he sings, you would never know.
“Coca Cola Cowboy” was a hit in 1979, and was also in the movie “Every Which Way But Loose.”
Who is you favorite classic country artist?