Mel Tillis had to have the surgery performed on his heart, though there has been very little information released as to why the medical procedure was necessary. The only reports from insiders stated that routine heart surgery was performed on the iconic country legend this past weekend.
The reports say that Tillis is up and around and making jokes, as he is known to have a quick wit.
Tillis’ daughter, Pam Tillis – a singer in her own right – said that her dad is already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses – in typical Mel Tillis fashion. She said her dad is doing great and is happy to be leaving the hospital in time to catch the Florida vs. Missouri game.
Tillis began recording country music in the 1950s but had his biggest successes with his 1970s recordings.
Tillis spent nearly a week in Nashville’s TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center during his recovery period following the heart surgery. His tour dates have been suspended for now but it is reported that he will be releasing new music this year.