Larry GatlinSinger, songwriter, actor, author, playwright
Born in Seminole, Texas and a graduate of Odessa HS, Larry is an American country and Southern gospel singer, songwriter, stage actor, and author. He had several successful solo records beginning in the mid 1970s and became part of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee 1976. In 1977, Larry Gatlin won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song for his composition of "Broken Lady" and in 1979 he was voted the "Top Male Vocalist of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music. He and the Gatlin Brothers celebrated a number of top hits, including No.1 hits "All the Gold in California" (1979) and "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)" (1983). After a successful career in music, Larry went on to star in the Broadway production of "The Will Rogers Follies" and wrote a book called All the Gold in California that was published in 1998. He is currently working on a Broadway play about Quanah Parker which he hopes to produce and release soon.