Singer Mickey Gilley dies at age 86
Country singer Mickey Gilley, best known as the pioneer of the "urban cowboy" style, died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, his publicist Zach Farnum said. He was 86.
The Natchez, Mississippi native "passed peacefully" surrounded by family and close friends, according to a statement issued by Farnum.
He had recently returned home from the road after playing 10 shows in April, according to the statement.
Gilley had 17 number one country records, starting with "Room Full of Roses" in 1974.
Gilley also had major crossover success in 1980 with a country-flavored cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me,"
going to number one on the Billboard Hot Country listings and number three on the Adult Contemporary chart.