Mickey Gilley was born March 9, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi. Although he started out singing straight-up country and western material in the 1970’s, he moved towards a more pop-friendly sound in the 1980’s, bringing him further success. Among his biggest hits are “Room Full of Roses,” “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” and the remake of the Soul hit “Stand by Me”. He is a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart. Gilley is a licensed pilot, holding an instrument rating with commercial pilot privileges for multi-engine airplanes, as well as private pilot privileges for single engine aircraft. A 2009 injury left him unable to play the piano, but he still sings. He’s had 17 #1 Country hits.