Singer and pianist Mickey Gilley became one of the biggest names in country music in the '70s, scoring a string of hit records as well as helping to launch a cultural movement. Born into one of the most famous families in Southern music, Gilley was the cousin of rockabilly legend Jerry Lee Lewis, and he launched his career in the late '50s with singles that mimicked Lewis' trademark style. By the early '60s, Gilley had remade himself as a country artist (years before Jerry Lee would do the same) but didn't make a major impact nationally until 1974 when "Room Full of Roses," originally cut as a B-side, began gaining major airplay and was picked up by Playboy Records, who turned it into a number one country hit. Gilley would score 15 more number one country singles between 1974 and 1983 (including "I Overlooked an Orchid," "Don't the Girls ...
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