He may have topped the charts a time or two, but it can be argued that that’s not the most indelible mark Mickey Gilley made on the cultural landscape of country music.
Gilley had music in his blood, literally. He grew up performing with his cousins, the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart. Gilley recorded under a number of labels, had 42 singles make it to the Top 40, and even had more than a dozen hits make it to #1 on the country music charts. He embraced the evolving scene and managed to find crossover success on both country and pop radio, releasing 17 straight Top 10 hits in the half-decade following the release of Urban Cowboy, the cult classic film that put Mickey Gilley and his famed dancehall on the map.