Who was Mickey Gilley?

American country music legend Mickey Gilley released his debut studio album, Lonely Wine, in 1964.

Mickey Gilley passed away on Saturday May 7, 2022 at the age of 86.

Mickey Gilley passed away on Saturday May 7th, 2022


Mickey Gilley passed away on Saturday May 7th, 2022Photo credit: Getty

Who was Mickey Gilley?

Mickey Gilley was born on March 9, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi.

He was the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis – a famous rock ‘n’ roll singer of the 1950s – and the two often made music together as children.

Mickey eventually moved to Pasadena, Texas and opened his first nightclub, Gilley’s Club.

Along with a mechanical bull, Gilley’s Club became known as the “greatest honky tonk”, a title later bestowed on Billy Bob’s Texas.

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During his long career, Mickey Gilley released over 20 studio albums including:

  • Lonely Wine (1964)
  • Mickey’s Departure (1975)
  • Mickey Gilley (1979)
  • Too Good To Quit Now (1984)
  • Chasing Rainbows (1988)
  • By Invitation Only (2003)
  • Two Old Cats (2018)

What was his net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mickey Gilley had an estimated net worth of around $20 million at the time of his death.

In 2017 he was given the key to the city of Winchester, Virginia.

In 2020, a street in Pasadena, Texas was named Mickey Gilley Boulevard.

He was named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 1976 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Delta Music Museum in Louisiana in 2002.

Was Mickey Gilley married?

In 1953, at the age of 17, Mickey Gilley married Geraldine Garrett.

The two divorced almost a decade later, in 1961.

Together they had three children: Keith Ray, Michael and Kathy.

In 1962, Mickey married Vivian McDonald.

They later welcomed a son named Gregory.

Vivian died in 2019.

Mickey remarried his longtime girlfriend, Cindy Loeb, the following year.

Mickey Gilley was an award-winning country musician


Mickey Gilley was an award-winning country musicianPhoto credit: Getty

What happened to Mickey Gilley?

The mayor of Pasadena, Texas, announced the death of Mickey Gilley on Saturday night.

“Pasadena has lost a true legend,” the mayor wrote in a statement.

“Mickey Gilley passed away today surrounded by his loved ones.

The mayor continued, “It has been a great honor to have known this man for most of my life.

“Mickey was a true musical talent, having 42 singles in the top 40 on the country charts over a period of two decades.

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“His talent and towering personality helped spark a renewed interest in country music as he introduced Pasadena to the world through his dance hall and ‘Urban Cowboy’ in 1980.”

The mayor’s statement concluded, “Our prayers for comfort and peace are with Mickey’s family, loved ones and fans.”

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