Mickey Gilley Biography
Mickey Gilley born Mickey Leroy Gilley is an American country music singer and musician. He was born on March 9, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi to Arthur Fillmore Gilley and Irene Gilley.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Gilley is a licensed pilot, holding an instrument rating with commercial pilot privileges for multi-engine airplanes, as well as private pilot privileges for single engine aircraft.
He started out singing straight-up country and western material in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he moved towards a more pop-friendly sound, 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 hit “Stand by Me”. He is a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart.
In 2017 Mickey Gilley was awarded the Key to the City of Winchester, Virginia by the Hon. David Smith at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music’s Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre at Bonnie Blue’s Roadhouse Classic Concert.
Mickey Gilley Age
He was born on March 9, 1936.
Mickey Gilley Cousins
For many years, Gilley lived in the shadow of his popular cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis, a successful rock and roll singer and musician in the 1950s and early ’60s. Gilley grew up just across the Mississippi River from where Lewis grew up. Gilley, Lewis, and their cousin Jimmy Swaggart played together as children, and Lewis taught them his piano style. They sang both boogie-woogie and Gospel music, but Gilley did not become a professional singer until Lewis hit the top of the charts in the 1950s.
Mickey Gilley Wife – Mickey Gilley Children
Gilley’s first wife was Geraldine Garrett, whom he married in 1953 and divorced in 1961. She was the mother of three of his four children; Keith Ray, Michael, and Kathy. Gilley’s second wife is the former Vivian McDonald, by whom he has another son, Gregory. They married in 1962. Gilley’s children Kathy and Keith are in the music business.
Mickey Gilley Bar
In 1970 Gilley opened up his first nightclub in Pasadena, Texas, called Gilley’s Club. It later became known as the “world’s biggest honky tonk.” Gilley’s Club and its mechanical bull was portrayed in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. He shared “Gilley’s Club” with Sherwood Cryer, who asked Gilley to re-open his former bar with him. The club portion of Gilley’s burned in 1990, and the rodeo arena portion was razed in 2005 to make way for a school.
Mickey Gilley Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Mickey Gilley Songs
- Stand by Me
- Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time
- Room Full of Roses
- That’s All That Matters
- I Overlooked an Orchid
- Lonely Nights
- Put Your Dreams Away
- A Heartache Tomorrow
- Bring It on Home to Me
- You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
- Fool for Your Love
- She’s Pulling Me Back Again
- Window Up Above
- Here Comes the Hurt Again
- Tears of the Lonely
- Doo-Wah Days
- Lawdy Miss Clawdy
- Bouquet of Roses
- Overnight Sensation
- Chains of Love
- Honky Tonk Memories
- You’ve Got Something On Your Mind
- Just Long Enough to Say Goodbye
- Your Love Shines Through
- My Silver Lining
- Your Memory Ain’t What It Used to Be
- The Power of Positive Drinkin’
- Honky Tonk Wine
- The Song We Made Love To
- I’ll Sail My Ship Alone
- That’s How It’s Got to Be
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