Mel Tillis

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Birth Name: Mel Tillis
Born: 08/08/1932
Birth Place: Dover, Florida, USA

Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis in Dover, FL on Aug. 8, 1932, Mel Tillis reportedly developed his famous stutter as a result of a bout with malaria at the age of three. He soon became a quick study on guitar and drums, and by his teenaged years, was claiming top prizes at talent shows. After graduating from high school, Tillis joined the Air Force, where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. There, he fronted a country group called the Westerners, which played local clubs. Following his discharge in 1955, Tillis attended the University of Florida before heading to Nashville, TN to try his hand as a songwriter and performer. He found little success in either field and soon returned to Florida shortly... Continue Bio >>

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