Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gilley Returns to Lee Creek Tavern Dec. 15

Singer-songwriter Mickey Gilley returns once again to Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland with his classic country sounds of yesterday on Dec. 15.

Gilley is set to take the Lee Creek Tavern stage at 8 p.m.

Gilley, who was born in Mississippi in 1936, began singing boogie-woogie and gospel music with his cousins Jimmy Swaggart and Jerry Lee Lewis when they were children. As they grew, the boys went in their own directions, with Swaggart becoming a famous Pentecostal teacher, author, musician and televangelist; Lewis becoming a famous rock ‘n’ roll singer and musician; and Gilley becoming a country music star.

Beginning his career in 1964, Gilley had his big break in 1968 with the recording of the No. 1 country hit “Room Full of Roses.”

In 1970, Gilley opened the club Gilley’s with a business partner in Pasadena, Texas. It quickly grew to become known as the “world’s largest honky-tonk.”

He has totaled 17 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Country charts. Among his fan favorites are the 1974 songs “I Overlooked an Orchid,” “City Lights” and “Bouquet of Roses” and his 1975 hit “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time.” His 1980 rendition of “Stand by Me” on his gold-selling “Encore” record peaked at No. 1 and was featured in the film “Urban Cowboy.”

Gilley has earned multiple awards from the Academy of Country Music, including six awards in 1976 for Most Promising Male Artist of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. He was inducted into the Delta Music Museum of Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland is located off Highway 64 on Cherokee Boulevard in Roland.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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