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Larry Gatlin

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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, Texas, 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. Released in 1974, "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 its own theater in Branson, Missouri. 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 its Myrtle Beach, North Carolina 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. A budget-priced collection of spiritual recordings by Gatlin and the Gatlin Family, Gospel Gold, was released in January 2018. ~ Steve Huey
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  2.   All the Gold in California by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  3.   Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You) by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  4.   Broken Lady by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  5.   Night Time Magic by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  6.   Statues Without Hearts by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  7.   Love Is Just a Game by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  8.   The Lady Takes the Cowboy Everytime
  9.   Talkin' to the Moon
  10.   I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  11.   Denver
  12.   Love of a Lifetime
  13.   I Don't Wanna Cry by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  14.   I've Done Enough Dyin' Today by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  15.   Healin' Sunshine
  16.   She Used to Be Somebody's Baby
  17.   Daylight Lovin' Time
  18.   Victory in Jesus/Power in the Blood
  19.   It Is Well With My Soul
  20.   My Last Love Song
  21.   Silent Night
  22.   Midnight Choir (Mogen David)
  23.   Peace in the Valley/Whispering Hope
  24.   In Like With Each Other
  25.   L.A. You're a Killer
  26.   Someone Else's Day
  27.   When the Night Closes In
  28.   Light at the End of Darkness
  29.   Love
  30.   Jannie
  31.   Those Also Love
  32.   Found and Lost
  33.   To Make Me Wanna Stay Home
  34.   Try to Win a Friend
  35.   Just a Closer Walk With Thee/What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  36.   Love Lifted Me
  37.   Sweet Hour of Prayer
  38.   Swing Down Chariot
  39.   It's Me
  40.   It Takes One to Know One
  41.   Dream That Got a Little Out of Hand
  42.   Good Wilbur
  43.   Rainbow
  44.   Help Me
  45.   The Little Drummer Boy
  46.   Rain
  47.   Sweet Baby Jesus
  48.   Taking Somebody With Me When I Fall
  49.   She Used to Sing on Sunday
  50.   Almost Called Her Baby by Mistake
  51.   The Heart
  52.   Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
  53.   Delta Dirt
  54.   Everything I Know About Cheatin'
  55.   Cold Day in Hell
  56.   Alleluia
  57.   I've Got You
  58.   Standin' by Me
  59.   You Happened to Me
  60.   Dig a Little Deeper
  61.   If You're Ever Down and Out
  62.   My Mind's Gone to Memphis
  63.   In the Garden
  64.   Rock of Ages
  65.   It Must Have Rained in Heaven
  66.   Penny Annie
  67.   Not Tonight, I've Got a Heartache
  68.   You Wouldn't Know Love
  69.   Nothin' You Do
  70.   I'll Fly Away
  71.   Do Lord
  72.   Hard Workin' Hands
  73.   Can't Take It With You
  74.   Sweet Becky Walker
  75.   Walk With Me featuring Ben Speer
  76.   Amazing Grace
  77.   Lay Them Down
  78.   O Holy Night
  79.   Prodigal Son by Gatlin Brothers
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