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Since 1957, the Mississippi native has been creating music based on Louisiana rhythm-and-blues sound. Gilly grew up surrounded by music with his two famous cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swagart.
Gili debuted at the top of the charts with the song “Is It Wrong For Loving You” and entered the top 39 hits, 17 of which took first place.
After moving to Pasadena, Texas, in 1971, he opened his world-famous Gilley’s honky-tonk nightclub.
In 1980, he appeared in the film “City Cowboy” along with John Travolta, Debra Winger and Johnny Lee. He later starred in many popular TV series, including “She Wrote Murder”, “Undercoat”, “Fantasy Island” and “Dukes of Hazard”.
He has received numerous awards, including six ACM awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Texas Country Hall of Fame.
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