Mickey Gilley holds the record for the most repeat guest star appearances on the Lucas Oil sponsored Gene Williams Country TV Music Show and was the choice as the guest star to be featured on the ‘Best of…’ wrap-up on the Telly Award-winning show.

“My friend Mickey Gilley has supported me for going on eight years I have been doing my show in Branson, even substituting as a host. He is a welcome guest star on my country show and appears at least twice a year as a guest star.

Because of Gilley, country music joined the mainstream. He has had 17 number-one hits including Stand By Me that he performs on this broadcast,” said Williams who is the star, producer and creator of the Gene Williams Country Television Show that is seen across the nation.

The show with Gilley will be telecast Feb. 21 and 22. In addition to nationwide, the Gene Williams Country Television Show can also be seen in Canada.

The next live taping of the Gene Williams Country TV Show is Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the 50’s at the Hop Theatre located in The Shoppes at Branson Meadows. Admission is free and the doors open at 1 p.m. For more information go to the website genewilliamscountry.com.

Williams began his country music television show in Arkansas almost 50 years ago and for the past eight years has taped the show in Branson live before a studio audience.

Guests have included Ed McMahon, Mickey Gilley, the Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, Johnny Lee, Barbara Fairchild, Sons of the Pioneers, the Osmonds, Johnny Cash’s band The Tennessee Three, the Blackwood Brothers, Helen Cornelius, Leona Williams, Charlie Louvin, Mary Lou Turner, Cal Smith, Stonewall Jackson, Norma Jean, “Diamond” Dave Somerville, Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagoner, Jim Owen, Buck Trent and Wanda Jackson.

Williams’ co-host Katie Lynn has received the Branson Entertainment Awards Best Support Vocalist twice for her work in the “Mickey Gilley Show.” She has worked with Gilley for more than eight years and also worked with Jim Owen for seven years. In addition to her singing career, she is a real estate agent. She and the guest stars perform weekly on the television show with the Country Junction Band.

Williams’ career is filled with milestones:

  • A road named after him by his hometown Dyess, Ark., following a 2007 key to the city presentation and a historical marker recognizing for his support to help preserve the town’s history. A historical building in Dyess will be a museum recognizing former residents, Johnny Cash, Tommy Cash and Williams. Grand marshal in the first Dyess Christmas Parade 2008.
  • A Gold Record presented by fans for the #1 classic country music show in America.
  • Key to the city of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., for his work to bring significant country entertainment to the resort community during its early development and April 11, 2009, is Gene Williams Day.
  • Holds a record in Arkansas of having nine days proclaimed Gene Williams Day.
  • Presented an honorary doctorate in television and broadcast communications from St. Martins College for his community commitment to the industry.
  • Honored by the states of Arkansas and Missouri for his work in tourism, entertainment and community.
  • Gene Williams display at the Branson Entertainment Hall of Fame Museum.
  • Nominated for induction into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.
  • Grand Ole Opry DJ of the Year in 1961
  • Member of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Has worked with such greats as Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, Charlie Walker, Charlie Louvin, Del Reeves, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Minnie Pearl and Jack Greene.
  • Made two movies: “Country Music Jamboree” and the “Sound of Country Music” that starred more than 39 Grand Ole Opry stars.

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