One year after Loretta Lynn and Mickey Gilley both suffered from injuries, two of our favorite celebrity performers are doing great! Both are continuing to celebrate their love for country music. Read on to learn more about where they both are now and the injuries they went through in 2018.
Update on Mickey Gilley
A year after being injured in a car accident, Mickey Gilley is back on the road! The 82-year-old doesn’t want the touring life to end. Recently, he reunited with Johnny Lee to celebrate Urban Cowboy, the 1980 film they both appeared in alongside John Travolta. In 2018, Gilley and Lee went on the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour, playing more than 40 dates across the United States.
Update on Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn is celebrating her 87th birthday soon! The country music star is planning an all-star tribute concert that will feature performances by Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Keith, and so many other country favorites. Despite her health problems, including her fractured hip, she has continued to put out music and earned a Grammy nomination this year for her song, Wouldn’t It Be Great.
About the Injuries
Two of Country Tonite’s favorite celebrity performers were recovering from injuries last January. Mickey Gilley sustained a fractured right shoulder and a fractured left ankle in a car accident on January 3, 2018. In an unrelated incident during the same week, Loretta Lynn fell and broke her hip. Both stars are in good spirits following their respective injuries.
Here at Country Tonite, we are are keeping Mickey and Loretta in our thoughts and prayers, and we know that their millions of fans around the world are doing the same. Below, we have compiled all of the information we know about Mickey and Loretta recovering.
Mickey Gilley’s Car Accident
Mickey Gilley was traveling back to Branson, Missouri with his son Michael, when their SUV rolled over three times off the interstate near Corrigan, Texas. Another driver had run a stop sign, which forced Michael to swerve away from the oncoming car. Unfortunately, this unexpected maneuver caused Michael to inadvertently clip another vehicle and ultimately lose control of the SUV.
As reported by CMT News, Mickey Gilley fractured his shoulder and ankle during the incident. His son Michael was bruised, but otherwise fine. The day after the accident, Mickey Gilley posted this video to Facebook to update his fans on his condition:
In the video, Gilley says, “I am having a hard time walking because I have a big boot on my left leg. But other than that I’m doing pretty good. To be 81 years old and put myself through what I’ve been through, it’s kind of tough sometimes on the old man, but I don’t intend to retire. I will be out there on the road, and I’ll see you real soon.”
Mickey had to reschedule his January 6 show in Greenville, Texas, but went through with his upcoming concert at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, Florida on January 20, 2018. Mickey Gilley last performed at the Country Tonite Theatre in October of 2017, when he appeared with Johnny Lee.
Loretta Lynn Breaks Hip
On January 8, 2018, Loretta Lynn’s sister Crystal Gale posted on Instagram that the Queen of Country Music had fallen and broken her hip last week. You can read the full post below:
“This is my birthday week!
My birthday wish is for everyone to send love and prayers to my sister, Loretta Lynn, who fell and broke her hip last week.
I was with Loretta yesterday. She is in good spirits and is doing as well as can be expected with this type of injury.
Thank you for your love, prayers and continued support!
Love you! Love you, Sis!
Lynn’s latest injury comes less than a year after the 85-year-old singer’s stroke in May of 2017, which forced her to cancel a number of tour dates. Her most recent public appearances were at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival in September and at Alan Jackson’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October. Lynn’s 41st studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, was released in late September 2018. The legendary artist last performed at Country Tonite in December of 2016.