Country legend Mickey Gilley was injured in a car accident on Jan. 3, and now we know just how badly he was hurt. Mickey and his son, Michael, were traveling back to his theater in Branson, Missouri, after an event in Texas at the time of the crash. The accident happened in Lufkin, Texas. According to reports from KFDM, Michael’s wife, Susan, took them back home to Pasadena, Texas.
The country legend just posted a video on Facebook that starts out with a close-up shot on the minor injury to his head.
He goes on to detail his condition, saying, “We rolled a car about three times over. I have a fractured left ankle and a fractured right shoulder. I am having a hard time walking because I have a big boot on my left leg. But other than that I’m doing pretty good.”
As a result of his injuries, Mickey has rescheduled his Jan. 6 concert date at The Texas Theatre in Greenville, Texas. The new date for that concert will be announced soon. He plans to return to his normal touring schedule starting Jan. 20 at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, Florida.
Mickey considers himself lucky to have survived the crash.
He adds, “To be 81 years old and put myself through what I’ve been through, it’s kinda tough sometimes on the old man but I don’t intend to retire. I will be out there on the road and I’ll see you real soon.”
When Mickey returns to the stage, he’ll be performing hits from his storied career, which began back in 1957. He scored multiple No. 1 hits, including “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time” and the Charly McClain duet, “Paradise Tonight.”
Mickey is most remembered for his world-famous Gilley’s nightclub, which was once the world’s largest honky-tonk. Located in Pasadena, Texas, Gilley’s was the setting for the blockbuster film, “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. Mickey appeared in the movie and scored a crossover pop hit with his cover of “Stand By Me” from the film’s soundtrack.
In all, Mickey scored 17 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
His namesake Pasadena nightclub closed in 1989 and a fire later destroyed the building. And while a new version of Gilley’s was opened in 2003 with the original mechanical bull taking a place of honor, Mickey focused on opening Mickey Gilley’s Grand Shanghai Theater in Branson. And although he sold that theater in 2015, he returned last year just in time for an “Urban Cowboy” reunion with another one of the movie’s stars and a favorite country artist, “Lookin’ for Love” singer Johnny Lee.