Sign up for newsletter
 

Pam, Mel Tillis featured at Country Music Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 – "It's All Relative: Mel and Pam Tillis" is an exhibition that just opened, honoring the careers of Mel Tillis and his daughter Pam Tillis at the Country Music Hall of Fameand Museum.

Mel Tillis began his career as a songwriter in the 1950s and over the next two decades penned classic hits for Bobby Bare, Webb Pierce, Ray Price and Kenny Rogers. Though Tillis had launched his recording career in the late 1950s and continued to record intermittently, it wasn't until the 1970s that his baritone voice became a force on the country charts. Tillis enjoyed a string of number one hits including "I Ain't Never," "Good Woman Blues," "Heart Healer," "Coca Cola Cowboy" and "Southern Rains." The Country Music Association named him Entertainer of the Year in 1976, the same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Tillis also established himself as a successful comic actor, appearing in films such as W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and The Cannonball Run.

Pam Tillis, like her father, enjoyed success as a songwriter prior to her performing. In the 1980s, Highway 101, Chaka Khan, Juice Newton and Conway Twitty recorded her songs. During the 1990s, Tillis achieved success as a recording artist. She recorded several gold and platinum albums, including "Sweetheart's Dance," which included the number 1 hit "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)," and in 1994 Tillis won the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award.

She was also one of the first women in country music to produce her own albums, including "It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis," her 2002 collection of songs written by her father. Her acting resume includes appearances on Broadway and in television programs such as "Touched by an Angel."

Exhibit highlights include original stage costumes designed by Nashville couturier Manuel Cuevas, including Mel Tillis' blue and orange suit inspired by his alma mater, the University of Florida, and its Gators football team; and Pam Tillis' rhinestone-studded bolero jacket, a garment that she wore often onstage.

Other items include film artifacts, including a cowboy hat worn by Mel Tillis from the 1984 film The Cannonball Run II;and a derby hat worn by his character Booger Skaggs in the 1986 film Uphill All the Way, in which he co-starred with Roy Clark. Pam Tillis' "Jailhouse Rock" costume seen in the Broadway production of Smokey Joe's Café is also on display.

Pam Tillis' Gibson EC-20 Starburst guitar, which she played onstage when she was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.

The exhibition is open through June.

More news for Pam Tillis

CD reviews for Pam Tillis

Just in Time for Christmas CD review - Just in Time for Christmas
Pam Tillis takes a supper club approach to Christmas music. It may be the holiday season, but Tillis has put male/female relationships prominently under her tree, right along with all her other presents. Songs like "Christmas Waltz," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" all point out the social nature of this popular season. Many arrangements sound the way a piano man might sing them at his piano bar. »»»
Rhinestoned CD review - Rhinestoned
Pam Tillis' first non-major label disc, "Tillis Sings Tillis," reminded listeners that Mel's daughter had strong roots in his brand of traditional country. She takes advantage of her continued independence on this new release on her own label to venture not just into traditional fare, but pop, rock and even bit of cabaret jazz style. The end result is a widely varied and enjoyable album that's still commercial-sounding enough that one could imagine many of these songs on »»»
It's All Relative - Tillis Sings Tillis
Lucky Dog reverses their usual equation (matching outsider acts with mainstream producers) by combining a proven Nashville hitmaker with rootsy producer, Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel). Their meeting ground is the rich, decade-spanning songbook of the singer's father, Mel Tillis, with results that perfectly amplify the combination of songwriter and singer. Pam Tillis has written, recorded and produced her share of hits, but none with the emotional charge of tackling her father's songbook. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
Subscribe to Country News Digest Country News Digest      Follow Country Standard Time on twitter CST      Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook CST

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Hillman bides his time Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
The Cadillac Three creates its "Legacy" William Shakespeare noted a few centuries back that a rose by any other name would be equally aromatic, and that general idea has musical implications as well. The Cadillac Three knows a thing or two about maintaining a sonic identity after a name change;... »»»
With Stanley and Watson, sound isn't elementary Those aware of the late Owsley "Bear" Stanley likely know him for one of two reasons - his pioneering work manufacturing lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in San Francisco during the mid-to-late 1960s and his role as an innovative sound engineer. Most notably, Bear worked...... »»»
When Was the Last Time CD review - When Was the Last Time
Darius Rucker is so darn likeable, he likely gets away with creating subpar music more than most. However, "When Was the Last Time" is a consistently good album, which is as respectable as it is likeable. »»»
Losing Sleep CD review - Losing Sleep
Chris Young has one of the best country voices, and it's always a pleasure to hear him sing. But it's disappointing when the title cut sounds more like the groove to a Justin Bieber song than anything truly country.  »»»
A Long Way From Your Heart CD review - A Long Way From Your Heart
The name Turnpike Troubadours suggests traveling music. Strap yourself in and get ready for an exhilarating ride. This Oklahoma-based roots-rock unit soars on its fourth release. Not to diminish the strong songwriting from leader Evan Felker, it's the band's pulsating musicianship with an array of electric instruments combined with fiddle and pedal steel that makes the sound so arresting. »»»
First Cigarette CD review - First Cigarette
The stunning vocal of Travis Meadows on the opening track, "Sideways," brims with honesty, pain and hard-earned wisdom as he offers a blend of confession and advice, stimulated by an experience at an adolescent addiction treatment center. Meadows, like many, is one of those Nashville songwriters ("Riser" for Dierks Bentley and "What We Ain't Got" for Jake Owen), but is finding his own voice relatively late in life. »»»
The Long Awaited Album CD review - The Long Awaited Album
When last we visited a new album from Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, 2011's "Rare Bird Alert," we found a cohesive, focused collection of bluegrass; it was an expansive, artistic creation that only benefited the bluegrass community. A subsequent live album (strikingly entitled "Live") presented a continued refinement of this pairing's chemistry.  »»»
Bidin' My Time CD review - Bidin' My Time
With all the memorable music Chris Hillman created with The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Desert Rose Band, he has nothing left to prove. He's a both a bona fide rock and country icon. Tom Petty, who owes an obvious debt to Hillman's...  »»»