"Mickey Leroy Gilley" (born March 9, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi) is an American country musician and singer.
A cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis and Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, he grew up in Ferriday, Louisiana. Like them, he too is an accomplished pianist. Mickey Gilley had thirty-nine country music Top Ten hits of which 16 went to the No.1 spot on the U.S. country chart. In 1976, he was voted Top Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
He is known for his Pasadena, Texas, nightclub Gilley’s Club which was featured in the movie ''Urban Cowboy''. The club closed in 1989 and, in the same year, Gilley opened a new club in Branson, Missouri.
The club portion of Gilley's burned in 1990, while the rodeo arena portion was razed in 2005 to make way for a school.
His son, Keith Gilley, also is a musician.
Although Gilley had one minor country chart hit — "Now I Can Live Again" coincidentally hit #68 in 1968 — the break that led to him becoming a nationally-known star occurred in 1974. He recorded a single intended to be played in Pasadena jukeboxes. The A-side was "She Called Me Baby" and "Room Full of Roses" was on the B-side.
|Born||March 09, 1936|
|Occupation||Country music singer|
|Years active||1964 in country music|
|Current members||Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame|