Larry Wayne Gatlin (born May 2, 1948) is an American country and Southern gospel singer and songwriter….who was part of a trio with his younger brothers Steve and Rudy….as he achieved considerable success within the country music genre….while performing on 33 top-40 singles…when combining his solo recordings and those with his brothers. As their fame grew, the band became known as Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.
Larry Gatlin is known for his rich falsetto singing style….nd for the unique pop-inflected songs he wrote and recorded in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Some of Gatlin’s biggest hits include “Broken Lady”, “All the Gold in California”, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”, “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby” and “Talkin’ to the Moon”. During this time, country music trended heavily towards slick pop music arrangements in a style that came to be known as Countrypolitan.….and that is when Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers came to prominence and enjoyed their greatest success during this period with hit singles that showcased the brothers’ three-part harmonies and Larry’s poetic lyrics.
In this video herewith….Larry Gatlin sings the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the 1985 Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 between the Edmonton Oilers verses the Philadelphia Flyers.