Baby Boomers

Mel Tillis Dreamed of Playing in Las Vegas Where Elvis Presley Performed

I first met Pam Tillis in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 1979 while she was singing backup  to her father, country music singer Mel Tillis.

Mel and Pam Tillis


Mel surprised his daughter by announcing to the crowd at the Frontier Hotel that night that he was inviting her up front so she could sing a song by herself.

“Daddy would do that occasionally,” Tillis laughed later. “So I am always ready.”

“Daddy always says he  wanted to play at the Frontier because that is where Elvis played,” she laughed after the show.

The first time Elvis Presley ever performed in Vegas was back in 1956.


Mel Tillis introduced his next big hit that night. It was “Are You Sincere?,” a song Elvis had recorded and released a few years before his death in 1977. 

Years later, daughter Pam, released a big hit “Maybe It Was Memphis.”

Mel died on November 19, 2017 at age 85. His biggest hits included “I Ain’t Never“, “Good Woman Blues“, “Sawmill,” “I Got the Hoss,” “Southern Rains,” “Send Me Down to Tucson,” and “Coca-Cola Cowboy“.

It is only fitting that Pam Tillis today, pays tribute to Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, and another King, Martin Luther in her co-written song ‘Two Kings.’ She often tours with Suzy Bogguss and Terri Clark at “Chicks With Hits” performances and on her own.

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