|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country western americana singer-songwriter oldies classic country texas honky tonk|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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8 December 1914, Ryan, Oklahoma, USA, d. 22 August 2003, Bacliff, nr. Houston, Texas, USA. Tillman was the youngest of 11 children of a sharecropping family who moved to Post, Texas, when he was a few months old. He first learned to play mandolin and banjo but later changed to guitar, performing with Adolph Hofners band, even singing a few songs, although later admitting he wished to be a songwriter since he could not sing. He moved to Mack Clarks dance band in Houston, leaving to join the Blue Ridge Playboys of Leon Selph, when Clarks band professed his song It Makes No Difference Now was too hillbilly (the song later became a hit for both Gene Autry and Bing Crosby and established Tillman as a songwriter, in spite of the fact that he once sold it to Jimmie Davis for $200 but managed to obtain joint ownership in 1966, when the copyright came up for renewal). The Blue Ridge Playboys, who included Moon Mullican, Bob Dunn and Cliff...