country icon Mickey Gilley – well known for Urban cowboy – is dead. He was 86 years old. Mickey Gilley Associates confirmed in a statement, “He passed away peacefully with family and close friends by his side.”
Pasadena, Texas Mayor Jeff Wagner said in a statement on the city’s Facebook page, “Pasadena has lost a true legend. Mickey Gilley passed away today, surrounded by his loved ones. It was a great honor to know this man for most of my life. Mickey was a true musical talent who ranked 42 Top 40 Country Chart singles over a span of two decades. His talent and larger-than-life personality helped spark a new interest in country music as he introduced the world to Pasadena through his dance hall and “Urban Cowboy” in 1980. We were so honored that Mickey happen at our State of the City. in February 2020. Our prayers for comfort and peace are with Mickey’s family, loved ones and fans.
More tributes to Gilley began pouring in from Saturday afternoon (May 7), including from Academy of Country Music Awards: “The Academy remembers Mickey Gilley. Gilley won 5 ACM awards in 1976, including Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Gilley’s Smoking and Entertainer of the Year. 2005, it received the ACM Triple Crown award….Gilley also won the ACM Awards for Nightclub of the Year for its venue Gilley’s, later known as the “World’s Greatest Honky Tonk” and featured prominently place in the movie ‘Urban Cowboy’ alongside his popular cover of the soul classic, ‘Stand By Me.’ Please join us in sending your condolences.
Gilley is survived by his wife and four children.