Since 1957, the Mississippi native has created music based on the sound of Louisiana and blues rhythms. Gilly grew up surrounded by the influence of music with two famous cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.
Gilly debuted on the chart with his song “Is It Wrong For Loving You” and had a total of 39 Top 10 songs, 17 of which reached number one.
After moving to Pasadena, Texas, in 1971, he opened the world-famous Gillies nightclub with the honky-tonk.
In 1980 he appeared in the movie “Urban Cowboy” alongside John Travolta, Debra Winger and Johnny Lee. After that, he participated in many popular TV series including “Murder She Wrote”, “The Fall Guy”, “Fantasy Island” and “Dukes of Hazzard”.
He has received numerous awards including six ACM Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
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