Mickey Leroy Gilley popularly known as Mickey Gilley is one of the finest American country music singer and musician. His age is 79 as he was born on 9th March 1936. His birthplace is Natchez, which lies in Mississippi, USA. His parents were Arthur Fillmore Gilley and Irene Lewis. He has lived with his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis the rock and roll singer in the 1950s for many years. As the children he used to play piano with Lewis and another cousin named Jimmy Swaggart. He is also a licensed pilot according to the Federal Aviation Administration and holds the instrument rating with commercial pilot privileges.
He has been active in the music field since 1964. He had recorded the song titled Call Me Shortly under the Dot label in 1958, which contributed to his popularity. He used to play at several bars and pubs in Pasadena including Nesadel Club in the 1960s. He released his first album Down the Line under the Paula Records in 1967. The album contained one of his hit songs titled Now I Can Live Again. He replaced the club names Shelley’s Club and opened the club on his own name Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas. The club became very famous and was known as the “world’s biggest honky tonk”. The club and its mechanical bull can also be seen in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy. The club was reopened upon the request of the ex- owner of Shelley’s Club, Sherwood Cryer. He recorded the song called Room Full of Roses, which was originally written by Tim Spencer of the Sons of the Pioneers and recorded by George Morgan in 1974. Astro Records released the song while Playboy Records owned the single and distributed all over the nation. He then was signed Playboy Records. This song was one of the hit songs of the year and made through the top No. 50 of the pop music charts. This made him an overnight star and he rose to the height of fame. The song Room Full of Roses is still his one of the most notable songs. In the 1970s he released the cover versions of hit songs like Bill Anderson’s City Lights, Sam Cooke’s Bring It On Home to Me and George Jones’ Windows Up Above. He was one of the most popular country singers of the 1970s. He has also worked with other young talents like Barbara Mandrell and Crystal Gale.
He is an average tall man. There were some shirtless pictures, which were said to be his leaked in the media however it is not verified yet. He is very conscious about his health. He has thousands of followers of different ethnicity from around the world in Twitter. He is also an active user of Instagram and addresses his fans from the site. His detailed biography can be read from wiki websites like Wikipedia.
He was married to Geraldine Garrett in 1953. He got divorce from his wife in 1961. The couple had three children. His wife was dead on 6th March 2010. He was married again to Vivian McDonald in 1962. He had an accident while helping neighbor move furniture, which caused him, paralyze temporarily. There were some death hoaxes in the media. He is still alive and lives a healthy life. He has the estimated net worth of $20 million dollars. He does not have a girlfriend right now. He has not publicly spoken about his sexual orientation whether he is gay or straight.