Mickey Gilley, country boy, Texas honky tonk dies

Mickey Gilley, country boy, Texas honky tonk dies


NEW YORK — Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk enlivened the 1980 film "Urban Cowboy" and a cross country wave of Western-themed nightspots, has passed on. He was 86.

Mickey Gilley, country boy, Texas honky tonk dies

Mickey Gilley, country boy, Texas honky tonk dies

NEW YORK — Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk enlivened the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy” and a cross country wave of Western-themed nightspots, has passed on. He was 86.

Gilley kicked the bucket Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater. He had been proceeding as of late as last month, however, was in bad health over the course of the last week.

“He passed calmly with his family and dear companions close by,” concurring an explanation from Mickey Gilley Associates.

Gilley — cousin of rowdy ‘pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis — opened Gilley’s, “the world’s biggest honky tonk,” in Pasadena, Texas, in the mid-1970s. By mid-decade, he was an effective club proprietor and had partaken in his most memorable business accomplishment with “Room Full of Roses.” He started turning out country hits consistently, including “Window Up Above,” “She’s Pulling Me Back Again” and the honky-tonk song of praise “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time.”


Generally, he had 39 Top 10 nation hits and 17 No. 1 tunes. He got six Academy of Country Music Awards, and furthermore chipped away at event as an entertainer, with appearances on “Murder She Wrote,” “The Fall Guy,” “Dream Island” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

“In the event that I had one wish throughout everyday life, I would want for additional time,” Gilley told The Associated Press in March 2001 as he commended his 65th birthday celebration. Not that he’d do anything any other way, the artist said.

“I’m doing the very thing I need to do. I play golf, fly my plane and perform at my auditorium in Branson, Missouri,” he said. “I love doing my show for individuals.”

In the mean time, the goliath nightspot’s attractions, including its acclaimed mechanical bull, prompted the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy,” featuring John Travolta and Debra Winger and viewed by a lot of people as a rustic form of Travolta’s 1977 disco crush, “Saturday Night Fever.” The film propelled by Gilley’s club depended on an Esquire article by Aaron Latham about the connection between two regulars at the club.

“I express gratitude toward John Travolta consistently before bed for keeping my profession alive,” Gilley told the AP in 2002. “It’s difficult to let you know how thankful I am for my inclusion with ‘Metropolitan Cowboy.’ That film enormously affected my profession, regardless does.”

The soundtrack included such hits as Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love,” Boz Scaggs’ “Look What You’ve Done for Me” and Gilley’s “Stand by Me.” The film transformed the Pasadena club into a short-term vacationer draw and advocated pearl snap shirts, longneck brews, the steel guitar and mechanical bulls the nation over.


Be that as it may, the club shut down in 1989 after Gilley and his colleague Sherwood Cryer quarreled over how to run the spot. A fire annihilated it before long.

An upscale rendition of the old Gilley’s club opened in Dallas in 2003. As of late, Gilley moved to Branson.

He was hitched multiple times, most as of late to Cindy Loeb Gilley. He had four kids, three with his most memorable spouse, Geraldine Garrett, and one with his second, Vivian McDonald.

A Natchez, Mississippi, local, Gilley grew up poor, learning boogie-woogie piano in Ferriday, Louisiana, close by Lewis and individual cousin Jimmy Swaggart, the future evangelist. Like Lewis, he would slip into the windows of Louisiana clubs to pay attention to musicality and blues. He moved to Houston to work development yet played the neighborhood club scene around evening time and recorded and visited for a really long time prior to getting on during the ’70s.

Gilley had endured medical issues as of late. He went through mind a medical procedure in August 2008 after experts analyzed hydrocephalus, a condition portrayed by an expansion in liquid in the noggin. Gilley had been experiencing momentary cognitive decline, and acknowledged the medical procedure for ending the beginning of dementia.

He went through more medical procedure in 2009 after he tumbled off a stage, compelling him to drop booked exhibitions in Branson. In 2018, he supported a cracked lower leg and broke right shoulder in a car crash.

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