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Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Biography
In 1979, when Gatlin signed with Columbia Records, he decided to officially have his brothers billed on his singles and on his albums. That year, their name was officially "Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers". In October, they released the album, Straight Ahead. It spawned the classic single "All the Gold In California", which became their biggest hit together, taking the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs list. This was Larry Gatlin's second number one hit, and led to his being awarded "Top Male Vocalist of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music that year. On June 06, 1980, Straight Ahead was certified gold.
The group's next big hit came in early 1980, with "Take Me To Your Lovin' Place", which peaked at No. 5 in 1981; they followed up with "What Are We Doin' Lonesome", which peaked at No. 4 later in the year. They continued their hit success, garnering top 10 and top 20 hits, with "In Like With Each Other" (1982), "She Used to Sing on Sunday" (1982), "Sure Feels Like Love" (1982), "Almost Called Her Baby By Mistake" (1983), and "Denver" (1984). In 1983, the group had their third (and last) No. 1 hit, "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)". Even though the group never achieved another No. 1 hit, they had hits that came close, like the jaunty release in 1986, "She Used to Be Somebody's Baby" (which peaked at No. 2), as well as 1987's "Talkin' to the Moon", and 1988's "Love of a Lifetime" (both of which peaked at No. 4).
The Gatlin Brothers were also one of the first country groups to have music videos, like 1984's "The Lady Takes the Cowboy Everytime". In 1985, Gatlin wrote the song "Indian Summer" with Barry Gibb, which he recorded as a duet with Roy Orbison. In 1989, the Gatlin Brothers sang National Anthem before game three of the 1989 World Series, played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
Saturday May 23, 2015 Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street, Watseka, IL 60970. Memorial Day Weekend Country Music Celebration with LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS. One of country music's most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Gatlins had a total of 33 Top 40 singles. Their biggest hits together 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". Larry Gatlin is known for his rich tenor voice and for the string of pop-inflected hit songs he wrote and recorded throughout the 1970s and 80s. During this time, country music trended heavily towards polished pop music arrangements in a style that came to be known as Countrypolitan. This is a rare chance for the Gatlins fans to see them in concert in Central Illinois. No seat is further than 50 ft from the stage. Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre located 92 miles south of Chicago. Doors Open 5:30pm for dinner and full bar. Showtime 7pm. Tix are on sale at the theatre, charge by phone 815 993 6585 or www.watsekatheatre.com
What a wonderful show! I've seen them on TV, but this was the first time in concert. Their music and humor just rocked the house yesterday afternoon. Such personaable entertainers, "down home comfortaable"...that's how they made the audience feel. I will see them again, given the opertunity. Thank you guys, you and your band are awsome.
Show was great as usual. Added "The Lady Takes the Cowboy Every Time". Hadn't heard that one in a long time. They should really throw in some of their other hits occasionaly. Like the "Mogen David". Just the usual group on stage. Larry, Rudy and Steve, The best guitarist around Steve Smith, Mike Smith was back with them for these dates. Haven't seem him awhile. Does really nice work. The drummer has been with them the last few times but don't know his name. Must be good tho or the Gatlins wouldn't use him. All in All a very enjoyable evening.