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This country legend is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the movie “Urban Cowboy” by going back on the road

It was a moment of cinema magic, whether you were a country music fan or not.

Donning a black cowboy hat and a blue pointy collared button down, actor John Travolta sashayed his way onto the dance floor, in an attempt to make his co-star and leading actress Debra Winger jealous. But it was the music that played in the background of the scene that left an impression.

That song was Mickey Gilley’s remake of “Stand By Me”, and the scene itself was filmed in Gilley’s Nightclub, which was known as the “world’s biggest honky-tonk”. The film would go on to widespread success, with a soundtrack that included country greats such as Kenny Rogers and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Gilley also went on with an ultra successful country music career that included thirty albums and seventeen number one hits including “Room Full of Roses,” “I Overlooked an Orchid” and and “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time.” Gilley is now set to celebrate all of these successes with a brand new North American concert tour.

“I’ve been in the music industry for more than 50 years now, and it never gets old,” Gilley says in a recent press release.  “I look forward to the areas we’ll be visiting during the tour, and celebrating the Urban Cowboy anniversary.  I’m truly honored by the continued support of fans over the years.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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