Tillotson grew up in Palatka, Florida, on. Mid-1940s, he made first radio recordings and performed with nine years on the show " Young Folks Revue". A record deal ( with Cadence Records, the label of the Everly Brothers), he finished in 1958 and had with " Well I'm Your Man " his first hit in the United States. Overall, he brought there by 1966 25 singles in the Top 100, including 14 in the Top 40 Furthermore, he also had success in the U.S. country charts, including the ballad "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On " and " Dreamy Eyes ". In Germany two of his titles his biggest hit came in the charts, namely "Poetry in Motion" ( # 2 in the U.S., # 1 UK ) and " You Can Never Stop Me Loving You ", which at the same time in the German version of Bernd Spier under the title " the can not forbid you to me " was a number -one hit.
1965 ended his career in pop music chart, as a singer and as a songwriter nor followed minor hits on the country charts. Attempts as actor the late 60s was not successful, but as a show singer he had in consequence great performances in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno. Until 1990, he took on more singles and up to the 2000s, he toured as a musician.
- Germany: German Hitbilanz chart singles 1956-1980, Günter Ehnert (ed.), Taurus Press 1987, ISBN 3-922542-24-7
- UK: British Hit Singles & Albums, 18th Edition, Guinness World Records Limited 2005, ISBN 9781904994008
- U.S.: Joel Whitburn 's Top Pop Singles 1955-2006. Billboard Books, New York 2007, ISBN 0-89820-172-1 / The Billboard Album by Joel Whitburn, 6th Edition, Record Research 2006 ISBN 0-89820-166-7