Country singer Mickey Gilley is the owner of Pasadena’s largest honky-tonk in Texas and an integral part of the Urban Cowboy film, who reignited the country music revival in the late 1970s, has died. The club’s site was named after Pasadena mayor, Texas. He was declared dead. He was 86. After just finishing a 10-show tour in April, Gilley passed away at home. The cause of Gilley’s death is unknown.”He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side,”According to a statement by Mickey Gilley Associates.
Gillet, a relative of Jerry Lee Lewis, opened Gilley’s in Pasadena Texas in the 1970s. Midway through his decade, he became a successful club entrepreneur and experienced his first commercial success. “Room Full of Roses.”He released country hits all the time, including “Window Up Above,” “She’s Pulling Me Back Again,”The honky tonk anthem “Don’t the Girls Get Prettier at Closing Time.”The pioneer of the modern era “urban cowboy”Style, Gilley had 39 Top 10 Country hits and 17 No. 1 hits. He was also the recipient of six Academy of Country Music Awards. Murder She Wrote. The Fall Guy Fantasy Island. and The Dukes of Hazzard.
In 1980, Gilley’s career was rejuvenated with the film Urban Cowboy, featuring John Travolta set at his honky tonk club in Pasadena, Texas. The movie made country-western culture popular in urban settings, which included mechanical bull riding. Based on an Esquire article by Aaron Latham, the film depicts a relationship between two club regulars. Mickey Gilley was given a star at the Emmy Awards. Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984 for his recording industry contributions.
Gilley, who was a youngster, learned to play boogie woogie piano from Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart. This led him to become a future preacher. Lewis and Gilley used to sneak into Louisiana clubs to hear rhythm and blues. Gilley was a nightclub performer and construction worker after he moved to Houston. Before he reached the top in the 1970s, he toured and recorded for many years.
Recent years had caused serious health problems for him. After being diagnosed in August 2008 with hydrocephalus, which is a condition where there is an increase in brain fluid, he had to have brain surgery. Although he suffered from short-term memory impairment, he credits the surgery for slowing down his onset of dementia. Gilley had more surgery after falling off a staircase in 2009. He was unable to perform in Branson. In an automobile accident, he broke both his shoulder and ankle.
Gilley stated to The Associated Press that Gilley had told them in March 2001. “If I had one wish in life, I would wish for more time,”He celebrated his 65th birthday. The singer stated that he would not change anything in his life. “I am doing exactly what I want to do. I play golf, fly my airplane and perform at my theater in Branson, Missouri,”He said. “I love doing my show for the people.”