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#10

 

When I started school, I found out I couldn't talk. But the teacher would let me sing, you know. She'd take me around to different classes and let me sing. And I could sing without stuttering.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#9
 

You know, it comes from my mother's side of the family. She had seven sisters and one brother, and all of them could play instruments. I suppose I picked it up from that. And my daddy could play a harmonica and also the guitar, so I guess I got a little bit from both of 'em, but I think mostly from my mother’s side of the family.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#8
 

In the early days we didn't have the bus, we had a station wagon.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#7
 

My stories are 85 percent true. If they need a little help, I’ll help them.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#6
 

If you put a script up in front of me to read, or a cue card, I couldn't do it without stuttering.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#5
 

I'm working on a novel. It's my first one. I heard one time someone asked Mark Twain how he did it. He said "Well, I get up in the morning about 4:00, maybe 5:00, put on a pot of coffee, light a cigar and just start lying!" And I said "Hell, I can do that!" So I'm attempting one and I'm enjoying it.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#4
 

Well, you know, back then there wasn't many albums, it was the singles. You sold singles. And then later on, if you sold 25 thousand albums at $40,000 you had a hit. But in those days — in the mid-'50s, early '60s — there was less than 300 radio stations that were playing country music and a lot of that wasn’t full time. WSM [Nashville] only had country music early in the morning, and they came on at 10 o'clock at night with The Eddy Hill Show, and that was just about it for country music. And now they've got, what, over 3,000 stations that are playing it. So, hard to imagine that, but it's happened.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#3
 

If you write a song and it's a hit, boy does that make you feel good. If your record's a hit, that makes you feel good. If you draw a good crowd and they're happy, that makes you feel good, and all the good things that come with it. The money is good. It allows you to do some things that would probably be impossible if I'd just stayed a baker.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#2
 

When I went to Okinawa in 1952 I was a baker. I served my country; I served cakes, cookies, pies, and donuts.

--MEL TILLIS

 
#1
 

Well, you now, all my life, comedy has been a part of me. I remember when I started school. I was six years old, in Plant City, Florida, and I didn’t know that I stuttered. My dad stuttered a little bit, and my brother stuttered a little bit, and we thought it was just normal. But when I started going to school, they got to laughing at me. And I didn't know what was happening. I came home the first day, and I asked my mom, "Momma, do I stutter?" And she said, "Yes you do, son." And I said, "They laughed at me, momma." And she said, "Well, if they're gonna laugh at you, give them something to laugh about." And I went back to school the next day — and that was my first day in show business.

--MEL TILLIS

 
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