Country singer Mickey Gilley dies at age 86

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Country vocalist  and histrion  Mickey Gilley died Saturday successful  Branson, Missouri.

(CNN)Country vocalist Mickey Gilley, champion known arsenic the pioneer of the "urban cowboy" style, died Saturday successful Branson, Missouri, his publicist Zach Farnum said. He was 86.

The Natchez, Mississippi autochthonal "passed peacefully" surrounded by household and adjacent friends, according to a connection issued by Farnum. He had precocious returned location from the roadworthy aft playing 10 shows successful April, according to the statement.

Gilley had 17 fig 1 state records, starting with "Room Full of Roses" successful 1974. Gilley besides had large crossover occurrence successful 1980 with a country-flavored screen of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," going to fig 1 connected the Billboard Hot Country listings and fig 3 connected the Adult Contemporary chart.

    Gilley's philharmonic vocation got caller beingness with the movie "Urban Cowboy," which starred John Travolta and was acceptable astatine Gilley's ain honky tonk nine successful Pasadena, Texas. The movie helped to popularize country-western civilization successful municipality environments, including mechanical bull riding, which was the absorption of the film's action.

      Mickey Gilley poses with the Triple Crown Award connected  the reddish  carpet astatine  the 50th yearly  Academy of Country Music Awards astatine  AT&T Stadium successful  Arlington, Texas, April 19, 2015.

      In 1989, Gilley was 1 of the archetypal large state singers to unfastened his ain theatre successful Branson, Missouri, helping to crook the Ozark hamlet into a large amusement tourism town. His publicist said Gilley had conscionable finished a ten-show roadworthy circuit successful April.

      Gilley was fixed a prima connected the Hollywood Walk of Fame successful 1984. Among his survivors are chap crossover euphony prima Jerry Lee Lewis, Gilley's cousin, champion known for singing "Great Balls of Fire."

      He is survived by his woman Cindy Loeb Gilley and his children Kathy, Michael, Gregory and Keith Ray, arsenic good arsenic 4 grandchildren and 9 large grandchildren.

        Numerous artists and friends publically mourned the nonaccomplishment of Gille and shared memories successful tributes provided by Nashville publicity steadfast 2911 Media.

        "My bosom volition everlastingly interruption implicit the nonaccomplishment of my beloved person Mickey Gilley," American state euphony vocalist Johnny Lee said. "He believed successful maine erstwhile nary 1 other did. Losing Gilley feels similar a atrocious imagination and sadly it's not."

          Country vocalist T. Graham Brown besides shared words of condolences, saying Gilley "lived a afloat beingness and near america with a large catalog of hits."

          "We conscionable mislaid a large quality being," Brown said. "One of the things that I'm astir arrogant of is that implicit the years we person go close. The times we spent unneurotic doing shows, cruises, oregon conscionable talking were a gift."

          CNN's Steve Forrest and Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.

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