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Floyd Tillman

Floyd Tillman

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Status: Deceased
Origin: San Antonio, Texas
Current Home:
Genre: CountryWestern SwingHonky-Tonk
Years Active: 1938-2003
Labels: Decca • Columbia • Cimarron • Heart of Texas
Website: floydtillman.com
Associated Acts: Floyd Tillman and His Favorite Playboys • Adolph Hofner • Cliff Bruner • Leon Selph • Mack Clark • Moon Mullican • Ted Daffan
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Floyd Tillman was a solo artist born in Ryan, Oklahoma, who began to rise to prominence in San Antonio, Texas. In the 1930s and 1940s, he helped create the Western swing and honky-tonk genres.

Early 1930s-1941: Beginnings[edit]

In the early 1930s, He played mandolin at local dances in Post, Texas and eventually took up the guitar.

Tillman moved to San Antonio and played lead guitar with Adolph Hofner, a Western swing bandleader, and soon developed into a songwriter and singer. He took a job with Houston pop bandleader Mack Clark in 1938 and played with Western swing groups fronted by Leon "Pappy" Selph and Cliff Bruner. He also worked with Ted Daffan, and singer and piano player Moon Mullican.

Tillman recorded as a featured vocalist with Selph's Blue Ridge Playboys in 1938, the same year Floyd scored his first major songwriting hit, "It Makes No Difference Now", giving him his own Decca recording contract. Jimmie Davis purchased the song from Floyd for $300, the rights to which he got back 28 years later.

1941-1947: Floyd Tillman and His Favorite Playboys[edit]

In 1941, Floyd formed a group named Floyd Tillman and His Favorite Playboys, who performed and recorded through World War II.

Tillman's only No. 1 one song as a singer was "They Took the Stars Out of Heaven". It reached the top of the charts in 1944. Previously, he had reached No. 2 with "I'm Gonna Change All My Ways". His 1944 hit, "Each Night At Nine", struck a chord with lonely servicemen during World War II. Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose played it heavily to encourage desertion.

1947-1959: Return to Solo[edit]

A big hit for Tillman and also for Jimmy Wakely was 1948's "I Love You So Much It Hurts". His 1949 "Slippin' Around", one of the first country western "cheating" songs, was a hit for Tillman as well as Ernest Tubb, Texas Jim Robertson and the duo of Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely.

Tillman had another successful song with his own answer, "I'll Never Slip Around Again", as did the Whiting-Wakely duo. He slowed down on his performing in the early 1950s, although he appeared on ABC-TV's Jubilee USA in 1958 and 1959.


Tillman's final album, recorded in 20022003, titled The Influence, paired him with country music artists who were influenced by his style and performing: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Leona Williams, Dolly Parton, Justin Trevino, Ray Price, Frankie Miller, Hank Thompson, Connie Smith, Lawton Williams, Mel Tillis, Darrell McCall, Johnny Bush and George Jones.

The project, released in April 2004, featured liner notes by Dr. Bill Malone, Bill Mack, Hank Thompson and Willie Nelson. It was produced by Justin Trevino on Heart of Texas Records.



Studio Albums: 4
78s: 19
Live Albums:
Remix Albums:
Compilations: 5
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Studio Albums[edit]

Compilation Albums[edit]

Selected Awards and Honors[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame[edit]

  • 1984 — Inducted

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame[edit]

  • 1970 — Inducted

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