Country singing legend Mickey Gilley injured in crash

NATION-NOW     Mickey Gilley namesake of bar featured in 'Urban Cowboy,' involved in rollover crash     
       Mickey Gilley involved in rollover crash

NATION-NOW Mickey Gilley namesake of bar featured in 'Urban Cowboy,' involved in rollover crash Mickey Gilley involved in rollover crash

Country singer Mickey Gilley and his son Mike are recovering after being involved in an automobile accident near Lufkin, TX on Wednesday morning (Jan. 3), KENS 5 reports.

According to a press release, the two were driving back to Branson, Missouri after an event in Texas when their vehicle rolled over three times off the interstate.

Sims said Michael Gilley is Mickey Gilley's son. He swerved to try to avoid the other vehicle but ended up clipping it, causing the SUV to roll over and land upside down in the median.

Both Mickey and Michael were treated in Lufkin, but Michael's wife, Susan, has taken them back to Pasadena, Texas. Susan Gilley said that Mickey suffered a broken ankle and shoulder, while her husband is sore, but otherwise okay.

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Gilley's January 6 show at the Texas Theatre in Greenville will be rescheduled. "So I'm gonna be walking like I'm 100 now, with this boot on my left leg". "I will be out there on the road and I'll see you real soon". While the new date will be announced in the coming weeks, he plans to resume his normal touring schedule on January 20 at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, Florida.

Gilley scored a long string of hits in the "70s and '80s that includes "Room Full of Roses", "Stand By Me", "True Love Ways" and "The Power of Positive Drinkin".

East Texas News reported in 2011 that Gilley recovered from a fall that left him temporarily paralyzed. With the help of physical therapy, he was able to walk again, and he returned to the stage about a year after the accident.

While most country fans might know Mickey best from his role in "Urban Cowboy", and as the owner of what was once the world's largest honky-tonk, Gilley's in Pasadena, the MS native's career was established well before those opportunities arose.

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