Country Singer Mickey Gilley died at the age of 86. He was featured in the 1980 John Travolta film “Urban Cowboy’. The Country Western community lost a legend regarding the death of Mickey Gilley.
According to the Mayor of Pasadena Jeff Wagner, Gilley died surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born on March 9, 1936, in Natchez, Mississippi. He grew up in Louisiana where he learned the sounds of rhythm and blues by sneaking up to the windows of the clubs at night.
Mickey Gilley Cause Of Death
Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, having just played 10 shows on the road throughout April. He died peacefully with his family and close friends by his side, according to his reps in a press release.
No cause of death was given. Gilley was known for songs like “Room Full of Roses” and had a string of hits throughout the 1970s, but he found a career resurgence when he covered the soul classic “
It goes on to say that Gilley moved to Houston in the early 50s to work construction, but did not start making music until 1957.
Those around the Houston area may know him best from his famous Pasadena Night Club, “Gilley’s.”
Gilley was also featured in the 1970s John Travolta movie Urban Cowboy.
Just days before he passed, Gilley gave fans an update, saying he had to cancel several shows due to his health.
Gilley’s music also exploded in popularity after the success of “Urban Cowboy,” helping “Stand by Me” top the country charts and launching some of his older hits into the Billboard 100.
He would follow-up the film with six different No. 1 hits on the country charts such as “Lonely Nights” and “A Headache Tomorrow