24 July 1957, Plant City, Florida, USA. The eldest of the five children of country singer Mel Tillis, Pam did not have the happiest childhood. Mel spent much of his time touring, her parents eventually parted and she grew up often looking after her siblings. Initially, she had no wish to follow in her fathers country footsteps, although she had ambitions to sing and write songs. After her education at the University of Tennessee, she relocated to San Francisco where, for a time, she worked on a show with a jazz group. She married Rick Mason, moved back to Nashville and worked as a writer with Sawgrass Publishing. Around 1974, a few weeks after the birth of her son, Ben, she and Mason parted. She gradually became more active in music and sang and wrote in styles that varied from jazz and rock, to R&B and pop, without achieving any major success in any genre. In the early 80s, she spent some time in the UK but on her return to Nashville, moving more towards...
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