Personalities | Floyd Tillman | Cowboys & Playboys | Country
(Songwriter, vocals, guitar, 1914–2003)
Floyd Tillman is best known as one of the pioneers of modern country songwriting and one of the architects of honky-tonk. His classic songs include ‘It Makes No Difference Now’ (1938) and ‘Slipping Around’ (1949) Tillman came out of Houston’s lively western-swing scene. Originally, he was a lead guitarist, not a singer or writer, and he was among the earliest to record with an electrically amplified instrument, with The Blue Ridge Playboys in 1936. He gradually evolved from sideman to bandleader, though he didn’t hit full stride until after the war. His peak years were 1946–50, not long after which he gave up full-time performing. He played part-time, on his own terms, living modestly off songwriting royalties, until his death. He was elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1984.
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