Mickey Gilley, J.R. Rogers guests on Gene Williams Show
Mickey Gilley and Arkansas Representative-elect J.R. Rogers are guests on the next broadcast of the Lucas Oil Products sponsored "Gene Williams Country Music Television Show" which takes Branson to more than 20.5 million homes nationwide.
Gilley returns to the show to sing a duet with the show’s co-host Katie Lynn and Rogers brings along his daughter who joins him as a backup singer, according to the show’s creator and star Gene Williams. The show features guest stars each week performing with Gene’s Country Junction Band and in an up-close-and-personal interview.
"Because of Gilley, country music joined the mainstream. He has had 17 number-one hits including six straight number one singles," said Williams. "My friend J.R. from Walnut Ridge, Ark., is the newly-elected state representative for District 73. The owner of the All Star Music stores, J.R. and I are resuming the guitar on air giveaways in a few weeks. J.R. is a talented musician and singer in his own right.. The show airs Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 28"
Williams began his career in the country music field as a DJ in Memphis on KWAM in 1957 and was named 1961 Grand Ole Opry DJ. In 1963 he started the "Gene Williams Country Junction Show" in Arkansas and syndicated it nationwide to 173 markets. He has made two movies: "Country Music Jamboree" and the "Sound of Country Music" which starred more than 39 Grand Ole Opry stars including Ray Price, Carl Smith, Jordanaires, Kitty Wells, Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers and the late Marty Robbins, Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, June Carter, Bill Monroe, Duke of Paducah and Faron Young. Williams is an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and was recently honored by the Missouri Senate for his contributions to the tourism industry.
Katie Lynn, Williams' co-host, has received the Branson Entertainment Awards Best Support Vocalist twice for her work in the "Mickey Gilley Show." She performs solos each week with Gene's band, the Country Junction Band. Band members are Gary Myers and Joey Riley from the "Mickey Gilley Show," Kelly Black, former bass player for Johnny Lee, Chuck Landry, drummer for Mel Tillis, and keyboardist Stu Maru of "14 Karat Kountry" and the "Denny Yeary Show."
The next taping of the "Gene Williams Country Music Television Show is Friday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Branson Mall Music Theatre. Scheduled guests are Grand Ole Opry’s Billy Walker, country singer Razzie Bailey and Phil McGarrah from the Running on Empty Tour. Three half-hour shows will be taped live before a studio audience. Admission to the tapings is free. Doors to the theater open at 1 p.m. For more information go to genewilliamscountry.com.