The Handbook of Texas is free-to-use thanks to the support of readers like you. Support the Handbook today. Gilley's was a nightclub located in Pasadena, Texas, from to The club, owned by Sherwood Cryer, had been previously called Shelly's.
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Debra Winger and John Travolta helped bring country music and western style to the mainstream with 's 'Urban Cowboy. This year, the John Travolta film Urban Cowboy marks its 40th anniversary. Directed by the same team that produces the innovative 30 for 30 series on ESPN , the documentary features interviews with Gilley, Travolta, and others who were integral to the Urban Cowboy scene. At the center was singer-pianist Mickey Gilley a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis , who invested in the club with his business partner, Sherwood Cryer, when his music career had stalled. To many, it was a refreshing change. In addition, clothing pieces like the bolo tie and cowboy boots went from being mocked as hillbilly to haute couture. Ralph Lauren collections from the early Eighties boasted thousand-dollar prairie dresses and thick silver belt buckles.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Texas is the kind of place that's changed a lot over the last several decades, and the Houston area seems to be transforming at a particularly fast pace. Nowadays, the city and surrounding area is getting attention for its emergence as an international city, being home to many cultures and people from all over the world. In the early '70s that was still a long way off, and Houston was probably more widely known as a town built on oil money and NASA, where outsiders figured most residents probably listened to country music and dressed like cowboys.