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Pam Tillis - Country Music Singer

Updated on September 9, 2014

Country Singer Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis is one of my favorite country music singers, and is the daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis. Pam has charted more than thirty singles on the U.S. Billboard country charts, including her only number one single, 1995s Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life). She has released ten albums overall, with three platinum and two gold certifications. Pam Tillis also founded her own record label, Stellar Cat Records.

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Pam Tillis Bio

Tillis grew up in Nashville surrounded by music. As the daughter of country star Mel Tillis, she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry at age 8, singing "Tom Dooley." At sixteen, she injured herself in a severe car accident, requiring many years of surgical reconstruction. Throughout her education, Tillis said, music was the only thing she took seriously. Following surgery, Tillis enrolled at the University of Tennessee and later Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, forming her first band. She dropped out of college to pursue her own musical career in the late 1970s.

Tillis got her musical start in San Francisco, joining the jazz-rock band Freelight along with local guitar legend John Cipollina. She then returned to Nashville as a demo singer. She took another shot at pop stardom with her first (and only) album for Warner Bros. Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey was released in 1983. After five unsuccessful country single entries, Tillis left the label and became a staff songwriter with Tree Publishing in Nashville. As a staff writer, Tillis shifted her focus to contemporary country. Tillis started making regular appearances on The Nashville Network's Nashville Now, a variety show hosted by Ralph Emery.

During her time with Warner Bros. Records, Tillis transferred from the pop to the Nashville country division, working as a staff writer for Tree. Her songs have been recorded by artists as varied as Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Gloria Gaynor, Conway Twitty, Juice Newton, and Highway 101. Tillis recorded a pop album, Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey, in 1983, during a short stay on the Warner Brothers label. Tillis was released....(read more at Wikipedia)

"Maybe it was Memphis" Video - #3 Hit for Pam (1992)

"Maybe it was Memphis" Lyrics

Maybe It Was Memphis

Lookin' at you through a misty moonlight

Katydid sing like a symphony

Porch swing swayin' like a Tennessee lullaby

Melody blowing through the willow tree

To see the rest of the lyrics, visit Pam's official site here.

"Mi Vida Loca" Video - # 1 Hit for Tillis (1994)

"Mi Vida Loca" Lyrics

If you're commin' with me,

you need nerves of steel.

'Cuz I take corners on two wheels.

It's a never - ending circus ride!

The faint of heart need not apply.

To see the rest of the lyrics, visit Pam's official site here.

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      8 years ago

      Pam Fan? You found me! And thanks for including Mel in this lens. I'm also a big Mel fan. Between them, we have some of the best of country music.


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