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Mickey Gilley Has St. Named for Him

June 8, 1998

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) _ Mickey Gilley shouldn’t have any trouble finding his way back to the home in Ferriday, La., where he grew up. All he has to do is look for Mickey Gilley Boulevard.

The entertainer, who learned to make music on a church piano in Ferriday with his cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, returned recently to the modest home he still owns on Mississippi Avenue to see Mayor Odeal Montgomery rename the street Mickey Gilley Boulevard.

``They gave me the street before they gave one to Jimmy or Jerry,″ chuckled Gilley, who has complained before that Lewis and Swaggart’s early fame led to the public’s overlooking him.

Things are on an upswing for the 62-year-old entertainer these days, however. Not only does he have his own street, but his own brand of Mickey Gilley Texas Chili, Mickey Gilley Texas Cafes in Branson and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the Mickey Gilley Theatre in Branson, where he performs six days a week nine months of the year.

What’s more, Gilley says, he has plans to open another Gilley’s in Houston, where the original, complete with mechanical bull, helped make him a star. This time, he says, he’ll leave the bull unplugged.

``I don’t want the insurance hassles.″

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