Mickey Gilley

Country Music Singer and Musician
Born Mar 9, 1936

Mickey Leroy Gilley is an American country music singer and musician. Although he started out singing straight-up country and western material in the 1970s, he moved towards a more pop-friendly sound in the 1980s, bringing him further success on not just the country charts, but the pop charts as well. Among his biggest hits are "Room Full of Roses," "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time," and the remake of the Soul hit "Stand by Me".… Read More

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    Not Dead Yet
    Huffington Post - Dec 21, 2015
  • Mickey Gilley Charity Golf Tournament Set For Oct. 5
    Houston Chronicle - Sep 20, 2012
  • Author To Sign Bio Book About Lewis, Swaggart, Gilley
    Houston Chronicle - May 11, 2012
  • New Book "Unconquered" Reveals Untold Story Of Famous Cousins Bonded By Music, Religion And Unbreakable Family Ties Coming May 1, 2012
    Yahoo News - Apr 12, 2012


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1936 Birth Born on March 9, 1936.


1953 17 Years Old Gilley's first wife was Geraldine Garrett, whom he married in 1953 and divorced in 1961. … Read More


1958 22 Years Old …  In 1958, he had a record "Call Me Shorty" on the Dot label and it sold well. … Read More
1962 26 Years Old Gilley's second wife is the former Vivian McDonald, by whom he has another son, Gregory. They married in 1962. … Read More


1967 31 Years Old In 1967, Paula Records released Gilley's first album called Down the Line and the following, he had a minor hit from the album called "Now I Can Live Again".
1970 34 Years Old In 1970 Gilley opened up his first club in Pasadena, Texas, called Gilley's Club, replacing the club that was there called Shelley's Club. … Read More
1974 38 Years Old In 1974, Gilley recorded a song that originally was only supposed to be recorded for fun entitled "Room Full of Roses", written by Tim Spencer of the Sons of the Pioneers, which was a one-time hit for George Morgan. … Read More


1978 42 Years Old In 1978, Gilley signed on with Epic Records, when Playboy Records was bought by Epic.
1979 43 Years Old By 1979, his success was fading slightly. … Read More
1980 44 Years Old By 1980, Gilley decided to come up with a new sound, in order to bring him country crossover success so many other Country singers (including Eddie Rabbitt, Juice Newton, Kenny Rogers, and Dolly Parton) were having at the time. … Read More
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In 1983, he had other hits, like "Fool For Your Love"; "Paradise Tonight", a duet with Charly McClain; and "Talk to Me" (not to be confused with the Stevie Nicks hit of the same name).
1984 48 Years Old In 1984, he had a hit, which just missed topping the Country charts called "You've Really Got a Hold on Me". … Read More


1986 50 Years Old Up until 1986, Gilley struggled to make it into the Top 10. … Read More
1988 52 Years Old In 1988, Gilley signed with Airborne Records, and released an album, Chasin' Rainbows, which resulted in his last Top 40 country hit in "She Reminded Me of You," which made No. 23 that year. … Read More


2002 66 Years Old On March 2, 2002, Gilley, along with his two famous cousins Lewis and Swaggart, were inducted into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame in Ferriday, Louisiana.
2011 75 Years Old Gilley also appeared on "Urban Cowboys", episode 9 in the third season of American Pickers, which aired originally on September 5, 2011.
2012 76 Years Old In 2012, Gilley signed a Branson-based vocal group, Six, to a three-year lease to perform in his theater, with an option to buy it when the contract expires.
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