Country music superstar responsible for such hits as "I Ain't Never," "Good Woman Blues," "Coca-Cola Cowboy," and many others.
He was in the United States Air Force and also worked on the railroad. His first hit was I'm Tired from 1957 for singer Webb Pierce.
He also had a career in movies, appearing in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings from 1975, The Villain from 1979, Smokey and the Bandit II from 1980, and The Cannonball Run from 1981.
He was married to Doris Tillis from 1957 until 1977. They are parents to country-music singer Pam Tillis. He also had three other daughters and two sons.
His music was covered by numerous artists, including Stonewall Jackson.