Larry wrote all but two country songs he and the Gatlin Brothers recorded in their first 17 albums. Songwriting was most certainly his calling.
When Larry was auditioning to join a gospel music group called the Imperials in 1971 in Las Vegas, he was walking through a showroom and caught the attention of country singer Dottie West. She was so impressed with his writing skills that she recorded two of Larry's compositions: 'You're the Other Half of Me' and 'Once You Were Mine.' (She was so impressed, in fact, that she passed one of his demo tapes around Nashville and bought him a plane ticket so he could relocate there.)
The Boot caught up with Larry to ask where he was when he heard his first record on the radio. In this case, it was his first song cut by his musical guardian angel.
"You are not going to believe this," Larry told The Boot with a big smile. "I had moved to Nashville and Dottie West had recorded one of my songs called 'You're The Other Half of Me.' And this is back before I had a record deal with Monument Records. I was waking up and going to work down at WLAC-TV. I was a janitor down there. My wife was out of town. Janis had gone back to Texas for something ... I was by myself in our little apartment, and I had the alarm clock set for maybe one, two, three in the morning, to wake me up. When the radio came on -- this was back in 1971-- it woke me up with 'You're the Other Half of Me' with Dottie West singing it. Well, good Lord, I jumped out of that bed, and I nearly passed out! Unbelievable! So that's the first time I heard one of my songs on the radio."
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