Mickey Gilley, the country singer whose club inspired 'Urban Cowboy,' dies at 86

Mickey Gilley, the country music star whose Texas nightclub served as the inspiration for the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, died on Saturday in Branson, Mo.

His death was confirmed to NPR by his publicist Zach Farnum.

"Gilley was 86 and had just come off of the road, his favorite place, having played ten shows in April," according to Farnum's statement.

"Gilley was 86 and had just come off of the road, his favorite place, having played ten shows in April," according to Farnum's statement.

He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side."

No cause of death was given. Across his career as a singer, Gilley garnered 17 No. 1 singles between the late 1960s and 1980s, including his 1974 cover of "Room Full of Roses.

His soulful renditions of early rock and roll hits and soul songs cemented him as a country artist who was able to cross genres.

Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Gilley's family included artist Jerry Lee Lewis and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart as cousins.

He learned to play piano as a child and began his professional music career in the 1950s when he recorded his first single, "Ooh Wee Baby."

In addition to his singing career, he was also famous for being the face of the country music honky-tonk Gilley's, which pushed Texas cowboy culture into a global spotlight.