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What to do in Oklahoma on March 21, 2014: See Urban Cowboy Mickey Gilley as he resumes touring after paralyzing 2009 accident

by Brandy McDonnell Published: March 21, 2014
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Today’s featured event:

CLAREMORE – Hear Mickey Gilley at 9 tonight at Cherokee Casino at Will Rogers Downs, 20900 South 4200 Rd.

Gilley also will be playing at 9 p.m. Saturday at Cherokee Casino at West Siloam Springs, 2416 Highway 412.

The original Urban Cowboy, Gilley is returning to touring after recovering from 2009 tragic accident that left him paralyzed, according to a news release

“I have always loved performing and I know nothing else,” says Gilley in the release. “Getting back on stage in all of these cities 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.”

Throughout Gilley’s career, he has released 39 top 10 country hits, with 17 of them hitting No. 1 on country charts, including “Stand By Me,” “True Love Ways,” “You Don’t Know Me and A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight).”

In 1976, he swept the Academy of Country Music Awards, receiving Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. He was ranked among the top 50 country music hit-makers in the 1989 book written by record research historian Joel Whitburn.

Aside from his many hits (along with being known as the cousin to Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart), Gilley was instrumental in creating the “Urban Cowboy” era with the opening of Gilley’s in 1971 – known as the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk. The famed club included mechanical bulls, pool tables, a rodeo area, punching bags, a shooting gallery and a dance floor that could hold thousands, becoming the forerunner of Hard Rock Café and other theme restaurants. Esquire Magazine wrote an article “The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy” based on Gilley’s, which later became the movie, “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta.

In 2009, while helping his friend move, Gilley became paralyzed from the neck down after a sofa landed on top of him and crushed four vertebrae. After several years of intense physical therapy, he has returned to the stage and is now walking, singing and performing.

For more information on his Oklahoma shows, go to www.cherokeecasino.com. For more Oklahoma events, go to newsok.com/events.

Mickey Gilley Tour Dates:

March 21 Claremore, OK – Cherokee Casino – Will Rogers Downs

March 22 West Siloam Springs, OK – Cherokee Casino

April 12 Godrey, IL – Lewis & Clark College

April 19 Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall

May 8-10 Jackpot, NV – Cactus Petes

May 16 Clinton, IA – Wild Rose Casino

May 17 Emmetsburg, IA – Wild Rose Casino

June 25 Pasadena, TX – Stafford Centre

June 26 Midland-Odessa, TX – Wagner Noel PAC

June 27 Greenville, TX – Greenville Municipal Auditorium

July 13 Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater

July 19 Biloxi, MS – IP Casino

July 30 Shreveport, LA – Casino

For more information, go to www.gilleys.com.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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