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Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

Larry Gatlin is best-known for his '80s hits with the Gatlin Brothers, but prior to forming and leading that family trio, he enjoyed a successful solo career with occasional support from his brothers. Gatlin was born in Seminole, TX, in 1948 and raised on country gospel music. He and his brothers, Steve and Rudy, often sang together in church, as well as on local radio and television every once in a while; they also recorded an album for the small gospel label Sword & Shield. After high school, Gatlin enrolled at the University of Houston, where he joined a gospel group called the Imperials. The Imperials went on to perform in Jimmy Dean's Las Vegas revue, where Gatlin met Dottie West. Impressed by his songwriting, West recorded two of his compositions, "You're the Other Half of Me" and "Once You Were Mine"; not only that, she passed his demo tape around Nashville, and even paid for him to relocate there. Gatlin quickly found work as a backup singer for Kris Kristofferson, and not long after, he landed a solo deal with Monument in 1973.

Gatlin issued his debut album, The Pilgrim, later that year, and it produced his first charting country single, "Sweet Becky Walker," which inched into the Top 40. 1974's "Delta Dirt" was his first Top 20 hit, taken from the album Rain Rainbow. Gatlin's brothers first made their presence felt on his third album, 1976's Larry Gatlin with Family & Friends, which gave him his first Top Five hit in "Broken Lady." Sometimes accompanied by his brothers, Gatlin scored three more Top Five singles in 1977 ("I Don't Wanna Cry," "Love Is Just a Game," and "Statues Without Hearts"), and in 1978 scored his first number one, "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love." When Gatlin left Monument for Columbia in 1979, he started crediting the Gatlin Brothers Band on all of his recordings, starting with that year's number one smash "All the Gold in California." Although the group's subsequent releases had several variations on the Gatlin Brothers name, and often billed Larry out front, it was all essentially Gatlin Brothers music from then on.

The Gatlin Brothers' success continued for much of the '80s, bringing them nine more Top Ten hits and another number one with 1983's "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)." Their last big hit came in 1987 with the Top Five "Talkin' to the Moon," but their brand of smooth country-pop was soon eclipsed by the new traditionalist movement. After a commercial decline of several years, the group decided to retire in 1991 and embarked on a successful farewell tour. Larry starred in the Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies, and in 1993 the group opened their own theater in Branson, MO. In 1998, Gatlin released the solo gospel album In My Life, as well as a book, the memoir All the Gold in California. The group continued to play shows at their Myrtle Beach, NC theater, and 2004 saw the release of Live at Billy Bob's Texas, with Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Sing Their Family Gospel Favorites appearing from Dualtone Records in 2004. The inspired and ambitious The Pilgrimage was released in 2009 by Curb Records. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Saw them once, small town SD casino. Fantastic performance. We'll received by a sold out crowd.
bill.gedding s
Myrtle Beach Theater was in South carolins, buy is no longer in existance
I enjoy the Gatlin Brothers and Larry working with Bill Gaither.
VINCE GILL SONG GO REST HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN. PLAY PLEASE
texmoeman
I don't get it I lived next to these boys almost 4 years.I also worked with a lady that baby set those boys;when I worked in Abilene Tx at Crown Cork and Seal.Maybe these 2 people talked to them as one person said on a bad day for them.Put your self in there shoes people get to you on some days.I would stand up for these boys any day. That time on the road will and does get to you.Even GOD got mad one time.Larry if you get up my way come by and see me.I live in Seymour Tn.
I have loved Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers for many, many years. I also will always remember how very nice Larry Gatlin was to my son in 1998. My son was 7 or 8, and we had gone to Miller Outdoor Theater to see Texas Flyer in which Mr. Gatlin was starring. My son asked that Mr. Gatlin could come out and say hello. We were told that probably would not happen as Mr. Gatlin was very tired and had friends and relatives waiting backstage. Not only did Mr. Gatlin come out, he sat down on th
texmoeman
I lived next to Larry and his brothers for 3 yrs they were always good to me .Even Elvis P had a bad day. I worker at Crown Cork and Seal with a woman that sit for them when he was a baby .
texmoeman
Larry and his brothers lived in Abilene and lived behind me .they lived on South 8th and sunset they played in a old garage.I would set out side in back with a cup of coffee when they played.They were good boys they had a younger sister also.They got off the road a little;but they are back on it with Gods help .
very very good showmen
American People blows me away, I sing country and gospel
Pioneers for country music groups.Treme n d o u s influence never getting enough "dues."
I have long enjoyed and favored Larry Gatlin and his wonderful brothers music. Don't care if he is considered an anal pore. I don't listen to his a**. Whole, hole, or otherwise. It is their marvelous voices and harmonies. Pure and delightful.
richbaessler
Great artists are great a**holes - they seem to run hand in hand. Success makes people hard. Larry Gatlin has had enough success to fall prey.
jackpine444
Jodi loves this
bpecos
I must disagree with Mr. Wynn. I, too, have met Larry Gatlin, and he was extremely warm and open.
Have always loved the Gatlin boys' music - terrific, well-blended harmony and great musicianship . Wonderfully constructed lyrics. Sorry to hear Larry is an a**hole, MICHAEL WYNN - is that a long-time opinion or did you catch him on a particularly bad day?
I love the music but Larry is an a**hole. I met him.
I hope they make more music, because I miss listening to these guys!! They are awesome!!!!! ! !
sassyjan
always one of my favorites

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