Larry Gatlin


Larry Wayne Gatlin is an American country music singer/songwriter. He is perhaps best known for teaming up with his brothers Steve and Rudy in the late 1970s, becoming one of country music's most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Gatlin has had a total of 33 Top 40 singles (combining his solo recordings and those with his brothers). As their fame grew, the band became known as Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. Their popularity lasted throughout much of the 1980s.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on May 2, 1948.


1964 16 Years Old In 1964, Gatlin was a quarterback at Odessa High School.
1966 18 Years Old After graduation in 1966, Gatlin was eligible to serve in the Vietnam War; however, he did not, instead choosing to attend the University of Houston.


1968 20 Years Old As a wide receiver on the football team, he caught a touchdown pass in a 1968 game in which his team, the Cougars, scored 100 points. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old 1 More Event
With West's help, Gatlin found work in Nashville as a background singer for Kris Kristofferson. In 1973, Gatlin landed a solo recording contract with Monument Records.
1975 27 Years Old In 1975, Gatlin had his first major hit with his composition "Broken Lady", which reached No. 5 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 1976.
1976 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Gatlin is also credited on guitar on Willie Nelson's 1976 album The Troublemaker.
1977 29 Years Old Gatlin won a Grammy Award for the song in 1977 for Best Country Song. … Read More


1978 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Gatlin scored his first number one hit with "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love."
1979 31 Years Old In 1979, when Gatlin signed with Columbia Records, he decided to officially have his brothers billed on his singles and on his albums. … Read More
1984 36 Years Old The Gatlin Brothers were also one of the first country groups to have music videos, like 1984's "The Lady Takes the Cowboy Everytime".
1985 37 Years Old In 1985, Gatlin wrote the song "Indian Summer" with Barry Gibb, which he recorded as a duet with Roy Orbison. … Read More
1986 38 Years Old Gatlin's chart success declined greatly when a new breed of "Neotraditional country" singers entered Nashville around 1986. … Read More
1987 39 Years Old He had a duet recording in 1987 with another Country-Pop styled singer, Janie Fricke. … Read More


1989 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He briefly signed with Universal Records in 1989, where he recorded his last singles.
1991 - 1992 2 More Events
1994 46 Years Old In 1994, Gatlin and his brothers opened a 2,000-seat theater in Myrtle Beach.
1995 47 Years Old In 1995, he played himself in the TV-movie about Dottie West's life, Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story. … Read More


1998 50 Years Old Gatlin co-wrote with celebrity biographer Jeff Lenburg a memoir called All the Gold in California that was published in 1998.
1999 51 Years Old In 1999 Gatlin toured and entertained troops of the 1st CAV division in Bosnia. … Read More


2010 62 Years Old In 2010, Gatlin acted as substitute host for Don Imus on Imus in the Morning and Fox Across America with Spencer Hughes on March 16, 2011.
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