MEL TILLIS - TYPED LYRIC(S) SIGNED 01/06/1992 CO-SIGNED BY: DANNY DILL, BOBBY BARE - HFSID 181703
Sale Price $252.00
MEL TILLIS, BOBBY BARE and DANNY DILL
All three sign and date the typed lyrics of "Detroit City."
Typed Lyrics signed: "Mel Tillis/1-6-92", "Danny Dill/6, 25 ,92", Bobby/Bare/'92". 1 page, 8½x11. Complete lyrics of "Detroit City," words and music by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis. This song expressing the sadness of rural southerners working in the north was Bobby Bare's first big hit (1963), and has been covered by many other singers. Country music legend Mel MEL TILLIS, who began his career as a songwriter in 1956, has recorded more than 60 albums, released 36 Top 10 singles (nine of them No. 1 hits) and been honored with numerous awards, including the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, the Golden Voice Entertainer Award (2001) and the Golden R.O.P.E. Songwriter Award (2001), and he was named Songwriter of the Decade in 1999. Tillis, who has also been honored as a comedian, has written over 1,000 songs for such artists as Kenny Rogers ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"), Bobby Bare ("Detroit City"), Brenda Lee ("Emotion"), George Strait ("Thoughts of a Fool") and Ricky Skaggs. The recipient of a Special Certificate of Achievement from BMI for three million broadcast performances of "Ruby, Don't Take Y our Love to Town", Tillis has also recorded gospel albums (releasing his first in 1993) and appeared on a number of television shows and in feature films, including W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings, Cannonball Run (I&II) and Smokey and the Bandit II. BOBBY BARE, another country singer/songwriter, who would join Mel Tillis in a group, The Old Dogs, much later in both careers (1998), reached #6 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #16 on the Hot 100 chart with "Detroit City". He went on to record 50 more charting country hits over the next two decades. Some of his best remembered hits were novelty songs like "Drop Kick Me, Jesus," so far the only Christian football waltz. Country songwriter DANNY DILL (1925-2008) penned several songs which have become genre standards, including "Long Black Veil" (a hit for Lefty Frizzell in 1959), which many mistake for a traditional folk song. Among those covering "Long Black Veil" have been Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold and Dolly Parton. "Detroit City," a signature song for both Tillis and Bare, has also been sung by Johnny Cash, Joan Baez and The Kingston Trio, to name just a few. Dill, who sung on the Grand Ole Opry stage in the 1940s and fifties, entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975. Fine condition.
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