Mickey Gilley Dies At 86

Country star Mickey Gilley, best known for his association with the 1980s film “Urban Cowboy,” passed away Saturday in Branson, Missouri at the age of 86. No cause of death was revealed. According to a statement by his management company, “He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side.”

Gilley landed 39 Top 20 hits throughout his career, including the tracks “Stand By Me,” “Room Full of Roses,” “Lonely Nights” and “A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight).” He also won six ACM Awards, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But it was his association with the John Travolta film “Urban Cowboy” that brought him crossover success. Not only did he appear in the film, but his honky-tonk Gilley’s in Pasadena, Texas, was the main setting for the movie. After the film Gilley went on to do more acting, including appearances in such TV series as “Murder She Wrote,” “Dukes of Hazzard,” “Fantasy Island” and more.


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