Mickey Gilley, country music singer-songwriter who rose to fame with ‘Urban Cowboy’, dies at 86

PASADENA, Texas — Mickey Gilley, the country music singer-songwriter whose music and eponymous nightclub shot to fame with the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy,” has died. He was 86 years old.

Gilley’s death was announced by Mayor Jeff Wagner of Pasadena, Texas, where the singer had long resided.

Since 1957, the Mississippi native has been creating music based on the sound of Louisiana rhythm and blues. Gilley grew up surrounded by the influence of music with two of his cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.

Gilley made her chart-topping debut with her song “Is It Wrong For Loving You” and achieved a total of 39 Top 10 hits, 17 of which reached No. 1.

After moving to East Texas in 1971, he opened his famous honky-tonk nightclub, Gilley’s.

In 1980, he appeared in the movie “Urban Cowboy” alongside John Travolta, Debra Winger and Johnny Lee. He went on to star in many popular TV series including ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘The Fall Guy’, ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘Dukes of Hazzard’.
He has won numerous accolades, including six American Country Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

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