7. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

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7. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Now we have one of the artists that should technically be in the “Veteran” category, but the Country Music Association (who runs the voting to decide who is getting into the Hall Of Fame) likes to bend the rules here and there sometimes. Larry (as a solo act) was beginning to get country hits in 1974 with a song called “Delta Dirt”, which also became his only entry on the Billboard pop chart. Then over the next few years he collected up some hits and even won a Grammy award before deciding to get his brothers in on the act. Starting in 1979, they became Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers. They kicked off this new group with one of their biggest hits “All The Gold In California”. From there, the brothers used their popularity and their gospel-like harmonies to get more hit songs for another decade or so. With that combination of awards, hits, and career length, that adds up to a musical act who would sometime be a respected addition to the Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1994
  • Country of Origin: Seminole, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Why they will get in: Their hits give them a good shot, plus Larry is still a man about town in Nashville circuits.
  • Why they won't get in: There may be some bigger more pressing names to get in first before the Gatlins get a shot
  • Radio Career: 1974-1988
  • Top Twenty Hits: 27
  • Album Sales: over 2 million (though record keeping wasn’t great)
  • Essential Albums: Broken Lady (From With Family And Friends, 1975)
    Night Time Magic (From Oh Brother, 1978)
    All The Gold In California (From Straight Ahead, 1979)
    Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You) (From Houston To Denver, 1983)
    She Used To Be Somebody’s Baby (From Partners, 1986)

Should Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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