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Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley from the cover of his "Super Hits" album.
Background information
Birth name Mickey Leroy Gilley
Also known as Mickey Gilley
Born March 9, 1936 (1936-03-09) (age 71)
Origin Flag of the United States Flag of Mississippi Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Genre(s) Country
Pop
Countrypolitan
Occupation(s) Singer
Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals
Piano
Years active 1964Present
Label(s) Playboy Records
Epic Records
Branson Records
Varese Sarabande
Associated
acts
Jerry Lee Lewis
Carl McVoy
Website www.gilleys.com

Mickey Gilley (b. Mickey Leroy Gilley March 9, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi) is an American country music singer and Musician. Although he started out singing straight-up Country 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 Music hit "Stand by Me". He is also the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy and Jimmy Swaggart. Image File history File links Mickey_Gilley-Roses. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mississippi. ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... See also: 1963 in country music, 1964 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in country music, 1960s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Playboy Records was a record company in Los Angeles, California. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Varèse Sarabande is a record label, which specialises in soundtrack record releases, and reissues of hard-to-find (sometimes long- or previously-unavailable) albums, and singles collections. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Stand By Me is the title of a song performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life and the rise to fame

By the end of the 70s, Mickey Gilley was already a chart-topping Country Music singer and musician, having a string of #1s and Top Tens. However, when the movie Urban Cowboy came out in 1980, Gilley was put on the map in Country Music, moving towards a more Pop direction, which proved successful for Gilley that same year. Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 20s - 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s - 120s 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Note: Sometimes the 70s is used as shorthand for the 1970s, the 1870s, or other such decades in other centuries... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


He was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1936. For many years, Gilley lived in the shadow of his cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis, the legendary Rock and Roll singer and musician in the 1950s. The two as children grew up close by each other, being Gilley lived just across the Mississippi River from Louisiana where Lewis grew up. Gilley, Lewis, and another cousin Jimmy Swaggart played piano together as children. This is when Gilley first learned to play the piano. Together, they all sang boogie-woogie and Gospel music, however, Gilley didn't consider himself a professional singer until Jerry Lee hit the top of the charts in the 1950s. Mickey cut a few singles on his own in late 1950s and played sessions in New Orleans with producer Huey Meaux. In 1958, he had a record "Call Me Shorty" on the Dot label and it sold well. In the 1960s, he played at many clubs and bars, getting a following at the Nesadel Club in Houston, Texas. 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". 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Gospel, from the Old English good tidings is a calque of Greek () used in the New Testament (see Etymology below). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Clubs (♣) is one of the four suits found in playing cards, marked with a black trefoil; the term is translated from the Spanish basto. ... Bars or bars can mean: The plural of bar. ... “Houston” redirects here. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1970, Gilley opened up his first club in Pasadena, Texas called Gilley's Club, replacing the club that was there called Sherry's Club. The club later became known as the "world's biggest honky tonk." He owned "Gilley's Club" with former owner of Sherry's Club named Sherwood Cryer, who asked Gilley to re-open the bar with him. The club portion of Gilley's burned in 1990, while the rodeo arena portion was razed in 2005 to make way for a school. Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Strawberry Capitol Location in the state of Texas. ... A vintage belt buckle from Gilleys. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that History of rodeo be merged into this article or section. ... ARENA may refer to either: Nationalist Republican Alliance, a political party in El Salvador. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Recording career in the 70s before Urban Cowboy

In 1974, Gilley recorded a song that originally was only supposed to be recorded for fun entitled "Room Full of Roses", which was a one-time hit for George Morgan. 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. "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 #50 on the Pop Music charts. "Room Full of Roses" today remains as one of his signature songs. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... George Morgan (1924 – 1975) was a mid-20th century country music singer. ... Playboy Records was a record company in Los Angeles, California. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ...


He had a string of Top Tens and #1s throughout the 70s. 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". He remained a popular Country act for the rest of the 70s. Other hits in the 70s 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 70s. Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 20s - 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s - 120s 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Note: Sometimes the 70s is used as shorthand for the 1970s, the 1870s, or other such decades in other centuries... James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... For other persons named George Jones, see George Jones (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bring It on Home is a song written by Willie Dixon and made famous by Sonny Boy Williamson II. It appears on his 1959 album Down and Out Blues. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. ... The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. ... Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 20s - 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s - 120s 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Note: Sometimes the 70s is used as shorthand for the 1970s, the 1870s, or other such decades in other centuries...


However, a new breed of singers were entering Country Music. These singers were Country-crossover artists that brought Country success with them onto the Pop charts. These singers include Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Olivia Newton-John, and Kenny Rogers. In order to compete with these new breed of Country singers, Gilley had to sound like them and have that kind of Country-Pop success that these singers were having. This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For the Scottish broadcaster, see Glenn Campbell (broadcaster). ... Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer, and is the sister of legendary country singer Loretta Lynn and distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born 26 September 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ...


In 1978, Gilley signed on with Epic Records, when Playboy Records was bought by Epic. By 1979, his success was fading slightly. Songs like "The Power of Positive Drinkin'", "Just Long Enough to Say Goodbye", and "My Silver Lining" just made the Top Ten. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Playboy Records was a record company in Los Angeles, California. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Recording career in the 80s with the success of Urban Cowboy

By 1980, Gilley decided to come up with a new sound, in order to bring him Country crossover success so many other Country singers were having at the time. 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 Music 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. However, the song was his only Adult Contemporary hit, but it did become one of his signature songs. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Stand By Me is the title of a song performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...

A vintage Gilley's belt buckle.

"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 #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. 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). All these songs from 1983 were #1 hits for Gilley. In 1984, he had a hit, which just missed topping the Country charts called "You've Really Got a Hold On Me". 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. Image File history File links Gilleys. ... Image File history File links Gilleys. ... Bring It On Home to Me is a 1961 song written and originally released by R&B singer-songwriter Jake Morrison. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Charly McClain (born Charlotte Denise McClain on March 26, 1956) is an American country music singer. ... Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and a long solo career, which collectively have produced over twenty Top 40 hits. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Charly McClain (born Charlotte Denise McClain on March 26, 1956) is an American country music singer. ...


Up until 1986, Gilley struggled to just make the Top 10. He was only releasing two singles each year. The year 1985 brought Top 10's with "I'm the One Mama Warned About 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 Country singers called the "Traditionalists" were moving into Nashville, like Garth Brooks, 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 California. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: , Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Patty Loveless signing a shirt Patty Loveless (born Patricia Lee Ramey on January 4, 1957 in Pikeville, Kentucky) is an American country music singer. ... Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American singer and country music performer, and actress. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


In 1988, Gilley signed with Airborne Records, and released an album Chasin' Rainbows which resulted in his last hit in "She Reminded Me Of You" which made the Top 25 that year. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Overall in his career, that spanned 15 years of chart success, Gilley has had 17 #1 hits on the Country charts.


Later career and life today

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 became one of the first to build a theater there, which was a soon-to-be boom town for the Country Music industry. The record industry (or recording industry) is the industry that manufactures and distributes mechanical recordings of music. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... A typical busy night on The Strip (Hwy 76) The Titanic Museum is shaped to look like the real Titanic and is a popular tourist attraction in Branson The Duttons performing their famous song where they all play each others violins at their theater in Branson Missouri Herkimer and Cecil... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212...


On March 02, 2002, Gilley, along with his two famous cousins Lewis and Swaggart, were inducted into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame in Ferriday. Gilley's son, Keith Gilley, is also in the music business. March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Discography

See the Mickey Gilley discography.

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Awards

Year Award Awards
2002 Inducted into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame
1976 Entertainer of the Year Academy of Country Music
1976 Album of the Year Academy of Country Music
1976 Single of the Year Academy of Country Music
1976 Song of the Year Academy of Country Music
1976 Top Male Vocalist Academy of Country Music
1976 Most Promising Male Artist of the Year Music City News
1974 Top New Male Vocalist Academy of Country Music

See also: 2001 in country music, 2002 in music, other events of 2002, 2003 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events November – Shania Twain returned with her fourth album, Up!. It opened at No. ... See also: 1975 in country music, 1976 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events No dates The C.B. craze was sweeping country music, as no less than three No. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1975 in country music, 1976 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events No dates The C.B. craze was sweeping country music, as no less than three No. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1975 in country music, 1976 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events No dates The C.B. craze was sweeping country music, as no less than three No. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1975 in country music, 1976 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events No dates The C.B. craze was sweeping country music, as no less than three No. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1975 in country music, 1976 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events No dates The C.B. craze was sweeping country music, as no less than three No. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1975 in country music, 1976 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events No dates The C.B. craze was sweeping country music, as no less than three No. ... See also: 1973 in country music, 1974 in music, other events of 1974, 1975 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events March – The Grand Ole Opry moves from The Ryman Auditorium, its home of the past 41 years, to the newly constructed... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ...

References

  • Rhodes, Don. (1998). "Mickey Gilley". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 202.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Gilley's Texas Cafe in Branson, Missouri
  • at the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame
  • Gilley's Early Rock and Roll Recordings

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