“URBAN COWBOY” MICKEY GILLEY RETURNS TO ACTION

“URBAN COWBOY” MICKEY GILLEY RETURNS TO ACTION
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Mickey Gilley and Ronnie Milsap perform on pianos at “The 15th Annual CMA Awards” on Oct. 12, 1981. Photo credit: CMA Archive

Country Music veteran Mickey Gilley has resumed live performance after a five-year hiatus that stemmed from a disabling accident.

In 2009, while helping a friend move, Gilley became paralyzed from the neck down when a sofa landed on top of him and crushed four vertebrae.

Throughout Gilley’s career, he has released 39 Top 10 Country hits. “Stand By Me,” “True Love Ways”, “You Don’t Know Me” and “A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight)” are among his 17 No. 1 singles. He was also instrumental in launching the “Urban Cowboy” era with the opening of his Pasadena, Texas, nightclub Gilley’s in 1971, also known as the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk.

“I have always loved performing and I know nothing else,” he said.  “Getting back on stage is something to look forward to each and every day.  The outpour of love and concern from the fans, my fellow artist friends, and the music community has kept me fighting to walk back on that stage, so I am glad that time is finally here.”

Gilley’s tour schedule can be viewed at MickeyGilley.com.

By CMA