Mickey Gilley, the country singer-songwriter whose club was featured as the backdrop of the 1980s film “Urban Cowboy,” died on Saturday in Branson, Mo. He died at the age of 86.
Gilley’s death was verified by his 117 Entertainment Group management. The musician had just finished a ten-show road tour that ran through April. “He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side,” according to a statement by his representation.
Gilley leaves behind his wife, Cindy Loeb Gilley; his children, Kathy, Michael, Gregory, and Keith Ray; his grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and his cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.
Who was Mickey Gilley?
Mickey Gilley was an American country music singer and songwriter who lived from March 9, 1936 to May 7, 2022. He began singing straight-up country and western material in the 1970s, but in the 1980s, he shifted to a more pop-friendly style, which helped him gain more success on both the country and pop charts. “Room Full of Roses,” “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” and the version of the Soul song “Stand by Me” are among his biggest hits. Gilley had 42 top 40 country singles in the United States. Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley, Sonny Gilley, and Jimmy Swaggart were all cousins.
Mickey Gilley children
Mickey Gilley’s Children are; Kathy Gilley, Michael Gilley, Keith Ray Gilley, and Gregory Gilley.