Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis Recovering Following Heart Surgery
Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville following heart surgery. Today, Tillis' daughter Pam Tillis released the following statement on the health status of the music legend:
"Over the weekend, Daddy required a routine heart procedure. He's doing fantastic and is expected to make a full recovery. In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he's already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated."
Fans are encouraged to visit www.meltillis.com for updates on Tillis and upcoming tour dates.
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.