Mickey Gilley

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by Mickey Gilley

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9 March 1936, Natchez, Louisiana, USA, but raised in Ferriday, Louisiana. Gilley is a cousin to Jerry Lee Lewis and the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. He grew up with his cousins and his mother, a waitress, who saved her money to buy him a piano when he was 12 years old. Gilley left Louisiana when he was 17 and started working in bars in Houston. His first record was ‘Tell Me Why’ for the aptly named Minor label in 1953. He had regional success in 1959 with ‘Is It Wrong?’, with... Read more

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country
honky tonk
classic country
singer-songwriter
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