Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers to turn SCERA Stage to Country Aug. 27
(Orem, Utah) - It’s been more than 60 years since three little boys began singing and winning fans with their country and gospel sounds. Today, as Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, they are coming to the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre Monday, Aug. 27 with 33 top-40 singles collectively under their belt. The brothers will showcase their country songs and sibling harmonies that have made them music legends.
General admission tickets for the brother trio are $25 for adults and $20 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Patrons can bring a blanket or rent a chair for $1.00 (limited quantities). Reserved area tickets range from $30 to $40 for adults and $25 to $35 for children and seniors. Tickets are available at www.scera.org, by calling 801-225-ARTS, in person between 10-6 weekdays at SCERA Center for the Arts (745 S. State St., Orem), or at the gate 90 minutes prior to performance.
The first Gatlin brother to achieve national attention was oldest brother Larry, whose rich falsetto voice caught the attention of country star Dottie West when he auditioned in Las Vegas with The Imperials, Elvis’ backup group.
West liked Gatlin’s songwriting talent and she helped him by passing his demo tape around Nashville and arranging for him to locate there. She even bought his plane ticket. With West’s help, Gatlin found work as a background singer for Kris Kristofferson, and in 1973 landed a solo recording contract.
In 1976, Gatlin won a Grammy Award as best country song for “Broken Lady,” his first major hit.
The hits continued with a number one hit for “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” in 1978, and the top 10 hits, “I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today” and “Night Time Magic” (which also charted on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart.)
Gatlin had collaborated with his brothers in 1976 with the album “Larry Gatlin with Family & Friends” and brought them on officially when he signed with Columbia Records in 1979. Also that year, Larry Gatlin won the ACM's "Top Male Vocalist," Straight Ahead won "Album of the Year," and "All the Gold in California" won "Single of the Year" and reached number one on the Hot Country Songs list.
Now called Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, the hits continued, including “Take Me To Your Lovin’ Place, “What Are We Doin’ Lonesome,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Houston,” “She Used to be Somebody’s Baby,” “I’ve Done Enough Dying Today,” “Love Is Just a Game,” and “All the Gold in California,” which reached number one on the Hot Country Songs list.
For a decade the brothers released hit after hit until a new breed of “neotraditional country” singers took over the lead spots. Thinking their music days were behind them, the trio embarked on a farewell tour at the end of 1992.
Upon completion of the tour, Larry would go on to Broadway to star in the hit musical, "The Will Rogers Follies,” as Steve built a theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Rudy starred in a production of “Oklahoma” in Branson, MO. In early 2002, the brothers decided to tour on a limited basis, and recorded a new album, Pilgrimage, in 2008.
As the brothers round out their 60th anniversary tour and close out one chapter of their lives, they are looking forward to the next one. Larry says, “We just think it’s time to do some other things, spend more time with our families, slow down a little bit, and do it with class and dignity – on our own terms. We are grateful to God for our fabulous run and we can’t wait to see what else He has in store.”
These self-proclaimed “gospel music junkies” who love to sing together couldn’t abandon concert touring altogether. They accepted an offer from a promoter who persuaded them to do some select dates—and SCERA is among those.
by APRIL BERLIN
Operations Manager/Marketing & Development
SCERA Center for the Arts