Mickey Gilley: Back and Ready to Rock

Mickey talks about his recovery from a horrendous accident in the new issue of Country Weekly.

photo courtesy Mickey Gilley Enterprises

Mickey Gilley suffered a terrible accident five years ago that crushed four vertebrae and left him paralyzed from the neck down. But now, Mickey is well enough to go back on tour and sing his hits to fans nationwide. The legendary entertainer talks about his recovery in the May 19 issue of Country Weekly.

Mickey’s hands still feel the brunt of the accident, and he is still not able to play piano. “I’m more up front now as the singer,” he says of his live shows. “I talk about my songs and I tell a few stories about my life and then go through all my hits.” Mickey scored 17 No. 1 singles during his career, and in the Country Weekly feature, he relates the amazing story of how his first chart-topper, “Room Full of Roses,” became a somewhat accidental hit.

Mickey tells Country Weekly that he’s glad to be on the mend and rocking again. “I can’t button a shirt right now and it’s hard to fasten a belt buckle,” he says. “Other than that, I’m normal. My goal is to play golf in the spring and piano in the fall.”

For more on Mickey, pick up the May 19 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.

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