Mel Tillis Similar Artists

Cal Smith - 100% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Calvin Grant Shofner, 7 April 1932, Gans, Oklahoma, USA. The Shofner family moved to California, where Calvin met the rodeo-rider Todd Mason, becoming his stooge for knife and bullwhip tricks. Mason taught him how to play the guitar and at the age of 15 he was a vocalist with the San Francisco country band Kitty Dibble And Her Dude Ranch Wranglers. After military service, he Read more

Claude King - 95% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 February 1923, on a farm near Keithville, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. His date of birth has, since 1961, frequently been cited incorrectly owing to promotional material released by his then manager, Tillman Franks, who at the time thought it tactful to lose a decade from his new client’s age. King showed an early interest in music and was a proficient guitarist by the Read more

George Jones - 77% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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George Glenn Jones, 12 September 1931, Saratoga, Texas, USA. Jones is the greatest of honky tonk singers but he has also been a victim of its lifestyle. He learned guitar in his youth, and in 1947, was hired by the husband-and-wife duo Eddie And Pearl. This developed into his own radio programme and a fellow disc jockey, noting his close-set eyes and upturned nose, nicknamed Read more

Janie Fricke - 72% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Jane Frickie, 19 December 1947, on the family farm near South Whitney, Indiana, USA. Fricke, who adopted the spelling in 1986 to avoid mispronunciation, has sung in public since the age of 10. Her father was a guitarist and her mother a piano teacher and organist. Fricke sang jingles to pay her university fees and then moved to Los Angeles to find work as a session singer. A Read more

Earl Thomas Conley - 71% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 October 1941, Portsmouth, Ohio, USA. The son of a railway worker, Conley left home at 14 when his father lost his job. His influences were the Grand Ole Opry, followed by Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, and then the Beatles. He originally planned to be a painter, but developed his love for country music while in the US Army. After his military service, Conley had a suc Read more

Little Jimmy Dickens - 71% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Comedy Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Cecil Dickens, 19 December 1920, Bolt, West Virginia, USA. Dickens has summarized his early life as the youngest of 13 children in humorous country songs such as ‘A-Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed’ and ‘Out Behind The Barn’. He had no intention of following his father into the coalmines, and being 4 feet 11 inches tall effectively ruled it out. When Read more

Barbara Fairchild - 70% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1950, Knobel, Arkansas, USA. Fairchild was raised on a farm and was entertaining at every opportunity. The family moved to St. Louis when she was 12 years old and she was soon recording for the local Norman label and working on television. In 1968 she moved to Nashville to further her career and among her early singles is ‘Remember The Alimony’ for Kapp Read more

Jeanne Pruett - 67% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Norma Jean Bowman, 30 January 1937, Pell City, Alabama, USA. Pruett, one of 10 children, used to listen to the Grand Ole Opry with her parents and she harmonized with her brothers and sisters. She married Jack Pruett, and in 1956, they settled in Nashville where he became Marty Robbins’ long-standing lead guitarist. She wrote several songs for Robbins, and ‘Count M Read more

Kendalls - 67% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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The Kendalls - 67% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Royce Kendall (Royce Kykendall, 25 September 1934, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 22 May 1998, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA) and Jeannie Kendall (b. 30 November 1954, St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Royce learned guitar from the age of five and formed a duo, the Austin Brothers, with his brother Floyce. After serving in the US Army, Royce and his wife Melba started a hairdressing busin Read more

Eddy Raven - 65% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Garvin Futch, 19 August 1944, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Futch, one of 11 children, was raised in bayou country. His father, a truck driver and blues guitarist, used to take him to honky tonks. He was given a guitar, and by the time he was 13 years old, he was playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band. When the family moved to Georgia in 1960, he worked for a radio st Read more

Johnny Rodriguez - 61% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock World Music
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George Morgan - 60% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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28 June 1924, Waverly, Tennessee, USA, d. 7 July 1975, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Morgan was raised in Barberton, Ohio, and by the time he was nine, he was performing his own songs on guitar. He enlisted in the US Army during the war but was discharged three months later on medical grounds. He formed a band and found work on a radio station in Wooster, Ohio, and wrote ‘ Read more

Charly McClain - 56% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Charlotte Denise McClain, 26 March 1956, Jackson, Tennessee, USA. McClain began her musical career when only nine years old with her brother in a band called Charlotte And The Volunteers. For six years they worked locally and also had television appearances. She then started modelling swimsuits, changed her name to Charly and was signed to Epic in 1976. She had US country hi Read more

Hawkshaw Hawkins - 55% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harold Franklin Hawkins, 22 December 1921, Huntingdon, West Virginia, USA, d. 5 March 1963, Camden, Tennessee, USA. Hawkins started on guitar but became proficient on many instruments. Success in a talent contest in 1937 led to paid work on radio stations in Huntingdon and Charleston. In 1942, he performed on radio in Manila when stationed in the Philippines. After his disch Read more


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