Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley

American country music singer and musician

Mickey Leroy Gilley (March 9, 1936 – May 7, 2022) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he started out singing straight-up country and western material in the 1970s, he moved towards a more pop-friendly sound in the 1980s, bringing him further success on not just the country charts, but the pop charts as well. Among his biggest hits are "Room Full of Roses," "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time," and the remake of the Soul hit "Stand by Me". Gilley has charted 42 singles in the top 40 on the US Country chart. He was a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley, Sonny Gilley, and Jimmy Swaggart.

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Mickey Gilley was born on Monday, 9 March 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. His full name at birth was Mickey Leroy Gilley. He was best known as a musician. Gilley's country of citizenship (nationality) was American. He died on Saturday, 7 May 2022. He had salt and pepper hair (color). His net worth was reported to be $20,000,000 US dollars. His zodiac star sign was Pisces.

You can find people similar to Mickey Gilley by visiting our lists Singer-songwriters from Mississippi and Singer-songwriters from Missouri.

Full name at birth
Mickey Leroy Gilley
Claim to fame
Room Full of Roses
Date of birth
9 March 1936
Place of birth
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Date of death
7 May 2022
86 (age at death)
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  • Among his other No. 1 hits were "Don`t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closin` Time" (1976); "She`s Pulling Me Back Again" (1977); "That`s All that Matters" (1980); "A Headache Tomorrow or a Heartache Tonight" (1981); "Lonely Nights" and "Put Your Dreams Away" (1982); and "Fool for Your Love" (1983).
  • Many of his No. 1 hits, including the first four, were all cover versions of older country and pop hits -- "Room Full of Roses" and "I Overlooked an Orchid" (1974); "City Lights" and "Window Up Above" (1975); "Bring it on Home to Me" (1976); "True Love Ways" and "Stand By Me" (1980); "You Don`t Know Me" (1981); and "Talk to Me" (1983). Two other hits, 1984`s "You Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Candy Man" (the latter another duet with Charly McClain) were also covers.
  • Has 17 No. 1 hits on Billboard magazine`s country singles chart -- 16 solo from 1974-1983, and one duet. The duet hit, "Paradise Tonight," came in 1983 with fellow country singer Charly McClain.
  • Prior to becoming a country superstar, worked in the construction field, and had his own recording label, Astro.
  • Country singer and pianist.

Mickey Gilley is known for his role in the TV special The 65th Annual Grammy Awards (2023) as in memoriam.

He is also known for his role in the documentary Music City USA (2015) as Self.

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