Mickey Gilley
American country music singer and musician
Mickey Gilley
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".
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Not Dead Yet
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At a recent gathering of Country legends and such in Nashville, I found myself sitting in a semicircle of old friends, like the Gatlin Brothers, Exile, Eddy Raven, the Bellamy Brothers, and that perennial favorite band, "Many Others." Old stories and memories were in abundance, and laughter literally filled the backstage dressings rooms of the Wildhorse Saloon. We had gathered there for a Vanderbilt Children's Hospital benefit during CMA FEST. Most of us had toured together through the years, and we knew each other very well. Toward the end of the evening, J.P. Pennington of Exile looked at me and said, "Man, look around, will ya. Why do you suppose we are all still singing?" My answer. "Because we aren't dead!" Everyone laughed. But in fact, right after I said that Mickey Gilley went on, and it took several guys to help him get to the stage. Mickey is now 79 years old and a bit frail. However, as soon as the band started to play, he NAILED The Girls All Get Prettier at ...
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Mickey Gilley Charity Golf Tournament set for Oct. 5
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
The annual Mickey Gilley Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Arc of the Gulf Coast, will be held Friday, Oct. 5 at Country Place Golf Course in Pearland.
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Author to sign bio book about Lewis, Swaggart, Gilley
Houston Chronicle - almost 5 years
A book signing featuring Mickey Gilley and J.D. Davis will be held at 7 p.m. on May 18 at the Barnes and Noble in Town and Country Village, 12850 Memorial...
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New Book "UNCONQUERED" Reveals Untold Story of Famous Cousins Bonded by Music, Religion and Unbreakable Family Ties - COMING MAY 1, 2012
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
New book "UNCONQUERED: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley," by J.D. Davis of Dallas, Texas reveals untold story of famous cousins bonded by music, religion and unbreakable family ties. COMING MAY 1st - Click Here to view the trailer.Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) April 12, 2012 New book "UNCONQUERED" coming May 1, 2012 - Click Here to view trailerNew biography "UNCONQUERED: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley" (Brown Books Publishing Group), by J.D. ...
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Hit songwriters will entertain, add to USC Aiken scholarships - The Augusta Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
... My Heart and also I'm Gonna Be Somebody, Wynonna Judd's No One Else On Earth, John Berry's Standing On The Edge of Goodbye, Leon Everette's Hurricane and Mickey Gilley's (I Can't Take The) Lonely Nights and Don King's Here Comes That Feelin' Again
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Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Announces Fall Concert Series - Virtual Blue Ridge
Google News - over 5 years
She then went on to tour the country, opening concerts and working with such artists as LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Mickey Gilley, and Barbara Mandrell. In 2005, she took a job in one of the music theaters in Pigeon Forge, TN,
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Deborah Allen Recognized by BMI for Multi-Million Airplay Achievements - openPR (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Allen has written songs recorded by an impressive list of artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Brooks & Dunn, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley, Sheena Easton, Diana Ross and Fleetwood Mac, among others. The Grammy-nominated singer
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Proud of East Texas: Mickey Gilley - KLTV
Google News - over 5 years
By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com For country music star Mickey Gilley, the past two years have been among the worst and best of his life. Recovering from a fall that paralyzed him, Gilley counts each day a blessing
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What's Happening in Cenla - Alexandria Town Talk
Google News - over 5 years
Cost $100. MICKEY GILLEY, URBAN COWBOY BAND & JOEY RILEY TO PERFORM: 2 & 6 pm, Vidalia Conference & Convention Center Riverfront. Tickets $40, $30 & $20. Call (318) 757-9999. GOSPEL VOICES OF FIRST UNION HISTORIC BAPTIST CHURCH: 11 am, 601 Lee St
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Year of Alabama Music: Baker Knight (1933-2005) - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... to Hank Williams Jr. Notables include Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Pat Boone, Jerry Lee Lewis, Emmylou Harris, Mickey Gilley and Sammy Davis Jr. Silver screen: Earned a role in 1966 movie, "Swamp Country," cast as "strolling minstrel
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Gilleys, Edwards together in Vidalia - The Franklin Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Country music great Mickey Gilley has called on cousin Freddie Gilley of Mangham once again to open his concert at the Vidalia Civic Center. The show featuring the Gilleys, along with special guest, former Gov. Edwin Edwards, will be held on Sunday,
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Songwriter Jerry Leiber Dies at 78 - CMT.com
Google News - over 5 years
Mickey Gilley's version of the song, featured on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, was a No. 1 country single in 1980. Leiber and Stoller's songs were also recorded by the Clovers ("Love Potion No. 9), the Coasters ("Yakety Yak"), the Drifters ("Ruby Baby")
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Hall of Fame weekend begins today in Carthage - Longview News-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Texas musicians Moe Bandy and Mickey Gilley will be the next artists to receive the honor of being inducted. A presentation will also be made to long-time country DJ from KTFW Fort Worth, Joe Bielinski, to place him into the Texas DJ Wall of Fame
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Country Legends 106.9 books Johnny Lee - Topeka Capital Journal
Google News - over 5 years
When the producers of "Urban Cowboy" set the movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger at the Houston-area honky tonk Gilley's, which was co-owned by country singer Mickey Gilley, Lee was part of the club's house band and headlined when Gilley was
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Pro Snowboarder Kevin Pearce to Receive Victory Award - First Tracks
Google News - over 5 years
Other 2011 honorees include: Robert David Hall, star of the CBS series CSI: Las Vegas; Mickey Gilley, country music legend; Marquita Lister, opera star; and Edward Eckenhoff, the founder of NRH. “We are very proud to be honoring these individuals at
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OFFBEAT: Branson Bed and Breakfast properties offer home away from home comfort - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
During that trip, celebrities with their own theaters included Roy Clark, Glen Campbell, Tony Orlando, Wayne Newton, Mel Tillis, Mickey Gilley, Andy Williams, Anita Bryant, The Osmonds, Bobby Vinton and the cast of Lawrence Welk's show
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In the saddle for Travolta & Winger: Texas actors take on icons, bulls in ... - CultureMap Houston
Google News - over 5 years
For those Houstonians perhaps too young to remember, Gilley's was a mix of bar, country-western club and cowboy play land founded by singer Mickey Gilley. Aaron Latham wrote an Esquire article about Gilley's and the urban cowboy culture it spawned,
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Tales of making it in the music biz - Daily Home Online
Google News - over 5 years
His bands have opened for Mickey Gilley, Emmylou Harris, the Georgia Satelites, Jan and Dean, Don Henley and many others. He has also worked in recording studios in Nashville and with some of the best musicians there. Barden released a recorded “If I
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Quick quips: James Burton, Farm Aid, Jerry Lee Lewis, AC/DC, Ronnie Wood, Red ... - Music News
Google News - over 5 years
Burton, who played with the likes of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson, joins such luminaries as Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, Irma Thomas and Mickey Gilley. On Thursday, Farm Aid announced additional artists for this year's show at Livestrong Park in
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mickey Gilley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 75
    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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  • 2011
    Age 74
    Gilley also appeared on "Urban Cowboys", episode 9 in the third season of American Pickers, which aired originally on September 5, 2011.
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  • 2002
    Age 65
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In a career that included 15 years of chart success, Gilley had 17 No. 1 country hits. For his contribution to the recording industry, Mickey Gilley has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6930 Hollywood, Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. He also turned his attention to Branson, Missouri, where he built a theater, which was a soon-to-be boomtown for the country music industry.
  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 49
    Up until 1986, Gilley struggled to make it into the Top 10.
    More Details Hide Details He was only releasing two singles each year. The year 1985 brought Top 10's with "I'm the One Mama Warned You About" and "You've Got Something on Your Mind", followed by a Top 5 with "Your Memory Ain't What It Used To Be", and a Top 10 with "Doo-Wah Days" in 1986. "Doo-Wah Days" was Gilley's last Top 10 hit on the Country charts, as a new breed of George Strait-inspired Country singers called the "Traditionalists" were moving into Nashville, like Clint Black, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, and Randy Travis. Not only was his chart success fading, but Gilley has a series of financial problems that led to the closing of his club in Pasadena, Texas.
  • 1984
    Age 47
    In 1984, he had a hit, which just missed topping the Country charts called "You've Really Got a Hold on Me".
    More Details Hide Details Another hit followed with a duet with Charly McClain, "Candy Man," and a solo hit with "Too Good To Stop Now", both of which made the Top 5 that year. However, his stream of hits was beginning to start coming to an end.
  • 1983
    Age 46
    All these songs from 1983 were No. 1 hits for Gilley.
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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).
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  • 1980
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His career was given a second go-around when one of his recordings was featured on the box-office-selling movie Urban Cowboy. The song was the Country remake of the Soul standard "Stand by Me". As the movie was becoming successful, so was "Stand by Me". The song rose to the top of the Country charts in 1980, as well as hitting the Top 5 of the Adult Contemporary charts, as well as making the Pop Top 40. The song turned Gilley into a pop-country crossover success, yet, despite it being his only Adult Contemporary hit, it did become one of his signature songs. "Room Full of Roses", "True Love Ways," and "You Don't Know Me" also hit the Billboard Hot 100; additionally, "Bring It On Home To Me," "That's All That Matters" and "Talk to Me" bubbled under (at 101, 101 and 106, respectively). A string of six number-ones on the Country charts followed the success of Urban Cowboy. Other No. 1s include "True Love Ways", "A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)", "You Don't Know Me", and "Lonely Nights". He never had any other Pop hits though.
  • 1979
    Age 42
    By 1979, his success was fading slightly.
    More Details Hide Details Songs like "The Power of Positive Drinkin'", "Just Long Enough to Say Goodbye", and "My Silver Lining" just made the Top Ten.
  • 1978
    Age 41
    In 1978, Gilley signed on with Epic Records, when Playboy Records was bought by Epic.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The song was released by Astro Records that year, and then Playboy Records got a hold of the single, and got national distribution for "Room Full of Roses". From then on, Gilley was signed to Playboy Records working with his long-time friend Eddie Kilroy. "Room Full of Roses" became the song that put Gilley on national radar, hitting the very top of the Country charts that year, as well as making it to No. 50 on the pop music charts. "Room Full of Roses" today remains as one of his signature songs. He had a string of top tens and No. 1s throughout the 1970s. Some of these hits were cover versions of songs, including the Bill Anderson song "City Lights", George Jones' "Window Up Above", and Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me". He remained a popular Country act for the rest of the 1970s. Other hits in the 1970s include "Chains of Love" (1977), "Honky Tonk Memories" (1977), "She's Pulling Me Back Again" (1977), and "Here Comes the Hurt Again" (1978). These songs were a mix of honky tonk and countrypolitan that brought Gilley to the top of the charts in the 1970s.
  • 1970
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The club later became known as the "world's biggest honky tonk." Gilley's Club, and its mechanical bull, was portrayed heavily in the 1980 film, Urban Cowboy. He owned "Gilley's Club" with former owner of Shelley's Club, Sherwood Cryer, who asked Gilley to re-open the bar with him. The club portion of Gilley's burned in 1990, and later the rodeo arena portion was razed in 2005 to make way for a school.
  • 1967
    Age 30
    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".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 25
    Gilley's second wife is the former Vivian McDonald, by whom he has another son, Gregory. They married in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Gilley's children Kathy and Keith are in the music business. Vivian died in 1989 In July 2009, Gilley was helping a neighbor move some furniture when he fell with the love seat falling on top of him, crushing four vertebrae. The incident left him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down, but with some intense physical therapy he was able to walk again and return to the stage a year later. However, he still lacks the hand coordination necessary to play the piano.
  • 1958
    Age 21
    In 1958, he had a record "Call Me Shorty" on the Dot label and it sold well.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1960s, he played at many clubs and bars, getting a following at the Nesadel Club in Pasadena, Texas.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 16
    Gilley's first wife was Geraldine Garrett, whom he married in 1953 and divorced in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details She was the mother of three of his four children (Keith, Ray, Michael, and Kathy). Geraldine died on March 6, 2010.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on March 9, 1936.
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