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Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis is recovering and feeling well following heart surgery in Nashville over the past weekend. Mel’s daughter Pam issued a statement assuring fans that her dad is in good condition:
“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.”
Mel, 81, scored several No. 1 hits during his long career, including “Coca Cola Cowboy” (from the Clint Eastwood film Every Which Way but Loose) and “I Ain’t Never,” written with Webb Pierce. Mel became well known for his stuttering speech but was able to land roles in such films as Smokey & the Bandit II and Uphill All the Way. He won the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award in 1976.
Country Weekly wishes Mel continued good health and a speedy recovery.