Country Western star Mickey Gilley rose to become one of the most well-known figures in country music, with a streak of hit singles under his name and for igniting a cultural revolution. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording at 6930 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Mickey Gilley was born in Natchez, Mississippi, in the United States. The legendary rock and roll musician, Jerry Lee Lewis greatly influenced his musical journey from childhood. Gilley excelled at piano playing during his teen years. Although he began performing plain country and western music in the 1970s, in the 1980s, he shifted to a more pop-friendly style. This led to him having more success on the country charts and on the mainstream charts. Mickey Gilley was roughly 38 years old when his first single charted in 1974. He has 42 top-40 singles on the US Country chart. Mickey Gilley has demonstrated tenacity throughout his career, achieving great popular success with songs such as “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time,” “Stand By Me,” and “Room Full Of Roses.” In the course of his musical career, Mickey Gilley has released a total of 27 studio albums, 8 compilation albums, and 41 singles. Here are the ten best Mickey Gilley songs of all time.
10. That’s All That Matters
The number ten song on our countdown was written by Hank Cochran and recorded by Ray Price. A number of other country performers have covered it, but Mickey Gilley’s version is the most well-known. “That’s All That Matters” was released as the first single and partly title tune from Gilley’s debut album, That’s All That Matters to Me. This track was the tenth song by Gilley to peak at number one in the country charts. It peaked at No. 1 on the country chart and retained the position for eleven weeks.
9. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
The number nine song on our list is a song written by the talented vocalist and songwriter Smokey Robinson. Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” inspired Robinson to write this masterpiece. “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” is about a woman who mistreated her lover, but he chooses to continue loving her. Gilley used this song as the title track for his album, released in 1984.
8. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
At number eight on our list is “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” one of the biggest selling R&B records of 1952. “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” was composed by Lloyd Prince. This track influenced so many songs that, for a period, every new R&B song released in New Orleans sounded suspiciously similar to “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.”
7. I Overlooked An Orchid
“I Overlooked An Orchid” was a massive success for Mickey Gilley in 1974. Carl Smith was the first to record this track. Mickey Gilley released this song as the second single from his album, Room Full of Roses. This track was Mickey Gilley’s second country success, peaking at number one on the country chart. “I Overlooked An Orchid” spent a week at number one and fourteen weeks on the country chart.
6. You Don’t Know Me
“You Don’t Know Me” was written by Cindy Walker, a talented songwriter of many classic and timeless tunes. Hundreds of musicians, including Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley, have sung or recorded different versions of “You Don’t Know Me.” Mickey Gilley’s version of the song was the best of the rest, taking it to number one in 1981.
5. Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time
The number five song on our list is a song that became Gilley’s fifth track to peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time” is about Gilley lamenting his late-night eagerness to meet an attractive woman in a barroom; this leads him to end up with the most undesirable lady at the end of the night. This song received lots of positive reviews from his fans.
4. The Window Up Above
“The Window Up Above” was initially composed and sung by country legend George Jones and is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Jones said that he composed this ballad in twenty minutes. The version recorded by Mickey Gilley blew up, charting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
3. True Love Ways
“True Love Ways” is credited to Norman Petty and Buddy Holly. Dick Jacobs recorded the original version of this tune, which reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. Mickey Gilley released a successful cover of this song in 1980. Gilley’s track version peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
2. Stand By Me
Mickey Gilley’s voice stands out in his version of the track. “Stand By Me” was featured in the romantic film “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta. Gilley’s song became another country’s No. 1 smash and a crossover hit, landing at No. 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Stand By Me” is a great song that will remind you of the 80s when everyone listened to country music.
1. Room Full Of Roses
The number one song on our list is a song that broke open Mickey Gilley’s musical career. On the Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles list, this single hit peaked at number one. “Room Full Of Roses” was initially written by Tim Spencer and peaked at #4 on the Billboard country chart. This country ballad was never intended to be a hit. It was released as the B-side to Gilley’s single “She Called Me Baby.” This incredible masterpiece quickly gained popularity, and it was later chosen for national distribution.