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I recently had the opportunity to see Mickey Gilley when he visited our area. The country music artist delivered a powerhouse performance that recapped the highlights of his iconic career. In doing so, he reminded us that he will be forever associated with a defining cultural touchstone: the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy.”

As he performed landmark songs from the movie’s soundtrack, I found myself reminiscing about the film. The next morning I pulled an old VHS tape of it from my stash and began watching it as I pedaled away on my stationary bike.

That in turn caused my focus to turn to the film’s legendary star.

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