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Mickey Gilley (1982)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Ferriday, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, Pasadena, Texas

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-12-10

Duration: 00:27:04

Subjects: Country music | Nelson, Willie, 1933- | GILLEY, MICKEY | LEWIS, JERRY LEE | SWAGGART, JIMMY | Music | Cryer, Sherwood | Urban Cowboy (Motion picture) | Travolta, John, 1954- | Gilley's Club


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Gilley, Mickey Interviewee
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • Bryan, Bill Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • James, Frank Photographer


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from December 10, 1982, features an interview with Mickey Gilley conducted by Gus Weill. Gilley, a native of Ferriday, Louisiana, is a famous country musician. He discusses: growing up in Ferriday with his cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart; his decision to pursue a music career; copying Jerry Lee’s style during his early career; finding his own musical style; the difficulty of breaking into the music industry; opening his club, Gilley’s, with Sherwood Cryer in Pasadena, Texas; installing the mechanical bull in the club; the urban cowboy movement; the influence of Willie Nelson on the movement; working with John Travolta on the “Urban Cowboy” movie; his acting roles; and his hobbies. Host: Gus Weill