Legendary Country Music Star, Mel Tillis, Dead at 85

Mel Tillis, the country music legend who wrote and sang dozens of chart-topping hits, is dead.

Tillis died Sunday morning of respiratory failure. He recorded more than 60 albums and scored 3 dozen top 10 singles in his decades-long career.

He wrote the classic, “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town),” “Detroit City” and “Mental Revenge.” Tillis also recorded “Coca Cola Cowboy,” featured in the Clint Eastwood flick “”Every Which Way but Loose.”

Tillis was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He was 85.

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