Rest In Peace Mickey Gilley, hopefully you find some delicious Jimmy Changas Tex-Mex up there.
Mickey Gilley is a country singer/musician. He was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1936 (though some sources disagree). Other sources say Gilly was born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1937. Gilley was born to Irene and Arthur Gilley. His family relocated and he grew up with his cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart in Ferreddy, Louisiana. Of course, Jerry Lee Lewis had a career in rock and roll, while Mitch Geely was more interested in country music. Swaggart, who played the piano, became a famous preacher. Gilley, Lewis and Swaggart are three boys who love music, and they sneak into blues bars at night to learn more about music. Gilley’s mother, who made only $18 a week, recognized her love of music and saved enough money to buy them a piano when Gilley was ten. (Wenning).
During his teenage years, Gilley became very good at playing the piano. His career didn’t really depend on music, so he got married and moved to Houston, Texas. After listening to a song by his cousin Li Jerry, he decided to make music too. He managed to get some recording work in a studio near Houston, where he played the piano and started playing in local clubs. Eventually, he became a big hit at the small US label before signing with Dot Records. From her debut with George Morgan’s “Room Full of Roses” in 1974 until the mid-1980s, Gilley performed 17 hits. (Vinoba). He continued to make albums. He has fifteen albums in total. In the early 1970s, Gilley and Gilley’s longtime friend Sherwood Cryer opened a 5,000-capacity club called Gilley’s in Pasadena, Texas. (Cox). It is called the largest honky-tonk in the world. Gilley often performs here. In 1980, the club was chosen as the setting for the movie Urban Cowboy. The film made Geely a popular attraction for tourists. (Wenning). Gilley played piano and steel guitar at the Gilley Nightclub in Pasadena, Texas, which he partially owned until it burned down in 1990. Today, he performs primarily in Branson, Missouri.
Gilley has a biography that aired on TNN called The Life and Times of Mickey Gilley. He owns a 950-seat theater in Branson, Missouri, where he performs nine months a year. He also wants to open a new, very luxurious Gilley’s in Houston, Texas. In Branson, he plays six shows a week, but he says gigs aren’t work and he’ll never retire. (Rogers). He owns two cafes called Gilley’s Texas Cafe. One in Branson, Missouri, and one in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At Gilley’s Texas Café, people can dine on BBQ ribs or steak, or enjoy the best frozen beverages along with appetizers like Texas Bullets and appetizers like beans, potato salad and coleslaw or Texas fries.
Anyway, Gilley now lives and performs in Branson, Missouri. He has a theatre and a café there and performs six shows a week. As long as he is healthy, he wants to play and sing.