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This Day In Country Music History – An Icon Closes Its Doors


The icon that started a resurgence in Country Music during the 1980’s closed its doors on this day in 1989.

Gilley’s the world famous honky tonk in Pasadena Texas made famous by the movie Urban Cowboy closed it’s doors due to  impending lawsuits and legal actions.


Tonight as you make your request for Classic Country Saturday Night. We’ll look back at GIlley’s and how it changed the face of country music.


The club took its name from country legend Mickey Gilley and was the focal point and backdrop for the movie that brought the cowboy craze of the early 80’s to America. Playing at Gilley’s was considered a badge of honor for the up and coming singer. It was the chance to play a legendary club in front of a knowledgeable crowd. If you could make it at Gilley’s you could make it in Nashville.

The move Urban Cowboy spawned quite a few hits. Here are some of our favorites. How many can you sing all the words to?

Johnny Lee- Lookin’ For Love

Kenny Rogers- Love the World Away

Anne Murray- Could I Have This Dance

Mickey Gilley- Stand By Me

Johnny Lee – Cherokee Fiddle

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