Mel Tillis & the State Siders
The Clay Cooper Theatre
3216 W. Hwy 76
Country music legend, Mel Tillis, started performing in the early ‘50’s with a group called The Westerners while serving as a baker in the United States Air Force, stationed in Okinawa. In 1956, Webb Pierce recorded a song written by Mel entitled “I’m Tired”, and it launched Mel’s musical career.
Mel Tillis has been entertaining audiences for 50 plus years now. He and his band, the Statesiders have recorded more than 60 albums, thirty-six Top Ten singles, with nine of them going to Number One and have worked concerts all over the world.
And Now, for the 2014 Season, Mel Tillis will back in Branson performing all of his greats hits. Starting October 6th thru December 4th on seclet dates.
Facts about... Mel Tillis
Awards: In 1976, Mel Tillis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters International Hall of Fame, and that same year, he was named Country Music Association’s (CMA) Entertainer of the Year. Also, for six years in the 70’s, Mel Tillis won Comedian of the Year.
On September 21, 1999, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named Mel Tillis the Songwriter of the Decade for two decades.
The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis as its newest member on June 9, 2007.
In October of 2007, Mel Tillis became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Mel has written well over 1,000 songs, and approximately 600 have been recorded by major artists and has appeared on such television shows as 20/20, The Tonight Show, The 700 Club, Prime Time Country, 60 Minutes, Crook & Chase, David Letterman, and he has served as host for Music City News Awards and Music City Tonight.
Mel has also appeared in numerous feature films including “Every Which Way But Loose” with Clint Eastwood, “W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings,” “Cannonball Run I and II,” “Smokey and the Bandit II with Burt Reynolds, and the lead role with Roy Clark in “Uphill All The Way.”
He has starred in several television movies as well including “Murder in Music City” and “A Country Christmas Carol.”
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