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Mickey Gilley A Legend In The Western Industry

May 10, 2022

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Mickey Gilley – A Legend in the Western Industry

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We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mickey Gilley.

Mickey Gilley 1936-2022

Mickey was born on March 9, 1936, in Natchez, Mississippi. While growing up in Ferriday, Louisiana his love and appreciation for music flourished. It led him in 1957 to embark on a career in music. A couple of years later he had his first chart record, “Is it wrong for loving you?” He continued to play throughout the south until he eventually settled in Pasadena, TX.

Gilley's Night Club Sign

It was here in 1971, he and his business partner, opened the world-famous Gilley’s Night Club. Gilley’s is known for many things such as being in the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s largest Honky-Tonk and inspiring an article in Esquire magazine entitled, “The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy: America’s Search for True Grit.” This culminated in the blockbuster movie “Urban Cowboy” starring John Travolta and Debra Winger and sparked a western fashion phenomenon.

Mickey Gilley's Hollywood Star

As we remember Mickey Gilley, his legendary career and contributions to the western industry, we can see and feel how his influence remains strong. Mickey, his music, style and his club personified a part of our western lives. From mechanical bulls to western fashions, the Urban Cowboy style has been an enduring cultural and fashion statement.

On behalf of all of us at Cavender’s, we ask for God’s love and merciful grace for Mickey, his family, his friends and his fans. They are in our thoughts and prayers.