Mickey Gilley is dead at 86
Mickey Gilly – the huge country singer of the ’70s and ’80s – has passed away…that’s according to his Texas community, who made the official announcement at the age of 86.
The singer and founder of “The World’s Biggest Honky Tonk” died Saturday surrounded by loved ones — sad news that the mayor of Pasadena, Texas broke this weekend via the city’s official Facebook page.
Jeff Wagner wrote, “It has been a great honor to have known this man most of my life. Mickey was a true musical talent who charted 42 top 40 singles over two decades.”
The exact circumstances of his death have not been revealed.
Pasadena, Texas, Mayor Jeff Wagner announced that the singer died Saturday while “surrounded by loved ones.”
Gilly was born on March 9, 1936, in Natchez, Mississippi, and raised in Ferryday, Louisiana. Learn to play the piano at an early age.
He learned rockabilly style of playing from his first cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis, who went on to shape his successful career in music.
Soon after the news of Gilly’s death was announced, condolences began pouring in from fans and peers, including country music legend Gene Watson, another Houston-area singer-songwriter.
“I am very sorry to learn that our dear friend and great country legend, Mickey Gilly, has passed away,” Watson said in a statement.
“A great singer and a great showman – and always a great friend. Please send your prayers to his family.”
In 1970, the Gillies Club opened in Pasadena, which included a smaller club and a larger rodeo. The huge venue eventually became known as “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk”.
Even before his resurgence in the ’80s, MG had hit ’70s hits like “Room Full of Roses,” “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” Honky Tonk Memories, “Here Comes Mischief Again,” Bring it to me at home,” among other things.