Tillis recovers from heart surgery
Monday, March 10, 2014
– Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville following heart surgery this weekend.
Pam Tillis, Mel's daughter, released a statement today: "Over the weekend, Daddy required a routine heart procedure. He's doing fantastic and is expected to make a full recovery. In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he's already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated."
Fans can visit www.meltillis.com for updates on Tillis and upcoming tour dates.
Tillis, 81, has recorded more than 60 albums, has had 35 Top Ten singles, was named the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and holds country music's highest honor as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has written more than 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers ("Ruby, Don't You Take Your Love To Town"), George Strait ("Thoughts Of A Fool"),and Ricky Skaggs ("Honey, Open That Door").
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