Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose bar launched ‘Urban Cowboy,’ dies

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By Bill Trott (Reuters) – Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas-sized honky-tonk bar was the birthplace of the “Urban Cowboy” music and fashion fads of the 1980s, died at age 86 in Branson, Missouri, his Facebook page announced on Saturday. Gilley, a first cousin of both rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis and television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, “had just come off the road … having played 10 shows in April,” his Facebook page said. An employee at the Mickey Gilley Theater in Branson confirmed he had died but did not know the cause of death. Gilley’s country hits included up-…

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