Singer Floyd Tillman

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 24, 2004

I would like to know something about Floyd Tillman.

— Ray T., Florida

Floyd Tillman, who died of leukemia at age 88 in 2003, wrote the 1949 hit Slipping Around, considered one of the first hit “cheating songs” in country music. Tillman also wrote Bing Crosby’s 1939 hit It Makes No Difference Now. He recorded his own first hit single, They Took the Stars Out of Heaven, on Decca Records in 1944. Tillman was born in Ryan, Okla. (pop. 894), but grew up in Post, Texas (pop. 3,708). He learned to play guitar so he could join his brothers in a string band. The Influence, his first album in 20 years, was released earlier this year on Heart of Texas Records. It was recorded shortly before he died and includes 14 duets with stars such as Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, says Tracy Pitcox, a promoter with the label. “He was very pleased with the music,” Pitcox says. “Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to see it come out.” Tillman’s hits included Driving Nails in My Coffin and I Love You So Much It Hurts.