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

Gene Watson - 89% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gary Gene Watson, 11 October 1943, Palestine, Texas, USA. Raised in Paris, Texas, in a musical family, he first worked as a professional at the age of 13. In 1963, he moved to Houston, where he found daytime employment in car engine and bodywork repairs. During the evenings, his vocal style, with its slight nasal sound in the best country tradition, made him a very popular h Read more

Jack Greene - 87% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jack Henry Greene, 7 January 1930, Maryville, Tennessee, USA. Greene took guitar lessons when he was eight years old, then added drumming to his abilities. Moving to Atlanta in the late 40s, he became part of the Cherokee Trio with Lem Bryant and Speedy Price. He then became a member of the Rhythm Ranch Boys and was a popular radio entertainer on Georgia Jublilee on WTJH. Gr Read more

David Houston - 85% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1938, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA, d. 30 November 1993, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. Houston’s forefathers included Sam Houston, who fought for Texas’ independence from Mexico, and the Civil War general Robert E. Lee. His parents were friends of 20s singer Gene Austin, who was his godfather and encouraged his talent. Houston made his debut on The Louis Read more

Moe Bandy - 83% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marion Bandy, 12 February 1944, Meridian, Mississippi, USA. Bandy was nicknamed Moe by his father when a child in the home town of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, so it is perhaps not surprising that he grew up to be a country singer. He later stated: ‘My grandfather worked on the railroads with Jimmie Rodgers. He was the boss of the railway yard in Meridian and Jimmie Ro Read more

Bill Anderson - 80% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sonny James - 80% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Loden, 1 May 1929, Hackleburg, Alabama, USA. The Country Music Hall Of Fame includes a guitar that Sonny James’ father made for him when he was three years old. James has been performing since that time and has played fiddle and guitar with the Lodens’ family revue. Sonny won several junior fiddle championships, although he was to play guitar on his records. Read more

Billy Walker - 76% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Billy Marvin Walker, 14 January 1929, Ralls, Texas, USA, d. 21 May 2006, near Montgomery, Alabama, USA. Walker was born on a farm but was raised in an orphanage after his mother’s death. When he was 11 years old, he returned to live with his father, who had remarried. Walker learned the guitar from his father, and after seeing a Gene Autry film, he was determined to bec Read more

Porter Wagoner - 71% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1927, West Plains, Howell County, Missouri, USA, d. 28 October 2007, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Wagoner grew up listening to country music on the radio, particularly the weekly Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 and, owing to his father’s illness, his education was curtailed in order that he could help with the farm work. Read more

Stonewall Jackson - 71% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1932, Tabor City, North Carolina, USA. Jackson’s family tree does in fact extend to the famous Confederate general of the American Civil War, hence his name. After the death of his father when Stonewall was aged two, his mother relocated to Moultrie, Georgia, where, at the age of eight, he worked on his uncle’s farm. When he was 10 he swapped his bicycle Read more

Carl Smith - 70% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Hank Locklin - 69% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Hankins Locklin, 15 February 1918, McLellan, Florida. d. 9 March 2009, Brewton, Alabama. A farm boy, Locklin worked in the cotton fields as a child and on the roads during the Depression of the 30s. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 and was soon performing on local radio and at dances. His professional career started in 1938 and after an interruption fo Read more

Ray Price - 67% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ray Noble Price, 12 January 1926, on a farm near Perryville, Cherokee County, Texas, USA. Price grew up on a farm and by the time he left high school, was already singing and playing guitar locally. In 1942, while studying veterinary medicine at Abilene’s North Texas Agricultural College, he was drafted into the Marines. He returned to his studies in 1946, but also bega Read more

Jeanne Pruett - 66% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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

Vern Gosdin - 66% match to Mel Tillis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 August 1934, Woodland, Alabama, USA. Gosdin’s first steps in carrying out his wish to be a country singer-songwriter came in the early 50s, when as a result of singing with his two brothers in the local church, they became regulars as the Gosdin Family on WVOK Birmingham. In 1953, he moved to Atlanta where he sold ice cream and in 1956 to Chicago where he ran a countr Read more


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